First Gray Whales of the Season and more !!

Bob Perrygray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

What an epic day in the Channel, perfect weatheR and the first gray whales heading south. The adventurous Condor Express went to Santa Cruz Island. All the way across the Santa Barbara Channel we had common dolphins keeping us company. Once at the Island, we paid a visit to the beautiful painted cave. After exiting the cave we were greeted … Read More

Epic bottlenose dolphin sightings and lots more !!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

Epic bottlenose dolphin sighting A gorgeous, crisp, sunny and cool winter trip on the Condor Express took everyone on a great adventure today. Starting off in the southwestern Santa Barbara Channel, we watched one of our local favorite humpback whales that we call “Hook” because its dorsal fin looks like a can opener. Hook was diving shallow with short down … Read More

Five Humpback Whales and plenty of excitement.

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

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Five Humpback Whales and plenty of excitement. Report for Friday, December 6, 2013. The Condor Express moved with the feeding grounds today as things shifted more to the southwest than previously noted. Here a total of five humpback whales were watched. The first two were feeding at depth and had long down times. The next three included our mother and … Read More

Two Happy Humpback Whales Enjoyed by All

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

Captain Eric and the crew report another calm, flat sunny day on the feeding grounds today and there were two humpbacks whales watched closely. One was the prop scar whale that did all the jumping earlier this week, and its pal is the whale with the all white tail. Today seemed to be more of a “digesting and lounging” day, … Read More

Perfect sea conditions and lots of surface whale feeding

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, sea lion, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching

The anchovy populations took advantage of the glassy, sunny zero wind day to come up and bask in the sun. Perhaps they wanted to snack on a few copepods or other planktonic life on such a nice day. Little did they know that congregating on the surface would ultimately prove to be a very bad idea. Captain Dave and the … Read More

Humpback Whale Behavioral Repertoire Goes Ballistic

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Southern California whale watching, whale watching

Humpback Whale Show a Treat While I was stuck behind my desk at work, Captain Dave and the crew were out there enjoying the fine sunny weather and calm seas. A total of 7 humpback show-stoppers were watched today, including a very friendly mother and calf that approached the boat quite closely several times. The instigator for all the action … Read More

Humpback Whale Gluttony x12

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, California Whale Watching, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

humpback whale feeding

I’ve been shooting photos on the Condor Express for 8 years and I have never, ever seen so much humpback whale gluttony on one trip as we saw today. We had over a dozen humpback whales in an area to the southeastern Santa Barbara Channel. Most of them came together on a hot spot and continued to lunge feed on … Read More

Saturday humpback whale-o-rama

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

humpback whales

The strong winds that blow to the east continue to miss the eastern Santa Barbara Channel humpback whale grounds. These winds are forecast to die completely later today, making Sunday a potential stunner. The clear skies and unlimited vistas afforded views from Point Conception to Boney Ridge in the Santa Monica Mountains….all four northern islands were in clear view. This … Read More

Our humpback whales are still at it!

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, minke whale, whale watching

After a few days off doing regularly scheduled maintenance and a tiny trickle of local rain, the Condor Express set a course for the humpback whale hot spot again today. Good news: our humpback whales are still at it ! Sea conditions were quite nice considering the thunderous winds to the east of the Santa Barbara Channel. None of these … Read More

Mother and calf put on a show in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching

Today we watched a “new” (not recognized by us previously) mother and her calf in the east Santa Barbara Channel. Conditions for whale watching were good, and the big winds stayed outside the Channel Islands and west of us. The cow-calf pair stayed with us for over an hour, and the calf did what calves will do…stayed close to mom … Read More