A wonderfuly friendly gray whale !

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, gray whale, gray whale migration, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise

We ran two gray whale watching trips today under the direction of Captain Dave. The early morning featured some light rain which fortunately subsided before we departed the dock. The weather just kept getting better and better all day and the second trip was bright and sunny throughout. Sea conditions were great. We saw three gray whales, but one of … Read More

Another great day with a Gray Whale breach

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, Condor, Condor Express, gray whale, gray whale migration, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise

Captain Dave reports from the Condor that two trips ran today and a total of 7 gray whales including a Gray Whale breach. They were mostly young gray whales judging by their size, were closely observed. In addition, approximately 20 bottlenose dolphins were encountered to the delight of all on board. On the last trip of the afternoon a young … Read More

Tons of whales and bottlenose dolphins

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Bottlenose dolphin trys to out run the Condor. It was Condor Express class reunion day on board the Condor, as Captain Dave ran the show with deckhands Brooke and Matt along for the ride. Oh, and I was there to capture the images (which will be posted up tomorrow afternoon). And the cetaceans did not disappoint anyone…there were at least … Read More

More breaching Gray Whales today

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise

Captain Dave reports from the Condor, which ran two trips today, that a total of 7 gray whales were closely observed. On the 12noon trip we had a whale take off an breach a couple of times which was a rare treat for all persons on board. Wow. best Bob Perry Condor Express

Another big day for gray whales

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, gray whale, gray whale migration, whale watching, whale watching cruise

Captain Dave reports from the Condor that all 3 trips (9a, 12n, 3p) ran and had great looks at cetaceans. In all 15 gray whales were closely observed. Also 20 coastal bottlenose dolphins and 100 common dolphins were seen. As with yesterday’s adventure, on two trips we had breaching gray whales…on the 3pm trip the breaching gray must have gotten … Read More

Mother Condor arrives at Sea Landing to fill in for Condor Express

Bob PerryCondor, Condor Express, whale watching, whale watching cruise

The “original” Condor, now a long range tuna fishing boat running out of San Diego, has arrived at the Sea Landing dock in Santa Barbara…ready to resume the Condor Express whale watching schedule for a few months. Numerous dignitaries were on hand to toast the return of the mother Condor. Tomorrow, Sunday, we’ll run whale watch trips at our usual … Read More

Condor Express Update – Condor returns to the nest!

Bob PerryCondor, Condor Express, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise

The “original” Condor Colleagues, We are pleased to announce that the “original” Condor, a 90-ft all steel sport fishing boat based in San Diego, will return to the Sea Landing for a few months and run whale watching trips. Capt Fred Benko (1938 – 2013) built the Condor and operated it as a sport fishing boat AND it was the … Read More

California gray whales – A quartet of northbound Gray Whales…

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, gray whale migration, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching, whale watching cruise

California gray whales Gray Whale Tail We ran two trips today, and encountered a breeding pod of 4 gray whales heading home to Alaska on both trips. The first trip was enhanced by the especially calm, glassy seas and balmy temperatures. The afternoon adventure featured an on-coming spectacular, thick, fog bank and a light breeze. We could see the wall … Read More

Yet another gorgeous day full of marine life in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob Perrygray whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Uncategorized, whale watching cruise

Total score: Gray whales = 12++ Risso’s dolphins = 25 long beaked common dolphins = 1525 California sea lions = 500 Today the Condor Express pushed out through the Santa Cruz Channel and into the open sea of the Pacific Ocean south of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. It was a gorgeous day full of marine life…sunny, warm, clear skies … Read More