Breaching and feeding – it’s the Humpback Whale Show

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching

Nine humpback whale thrilled all on board the Condor Express in the Santa Barbara Channel today. There were all sorts of behaviors to enjoy. Hunger was high on the minds of these whales again today, and surface lunge feeding was everywhere. I continue to wonder where all these anchovies are coming from this year. One of the whales breached repeatedly … Read More

Hour upon hour of humpback whale surface feeding.

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

humpback whale

Hour upon hour of humpback surface feeding. The sea conditions were again ideal…very calm…zero swells of any kind, and no wind. Once we got on the feeding grounds the whales were everywhere and all of them were surface lunge feeding on massive northern anchovy schools today. At least 2 1/2 hours of non stop lunge feeding was enjoyed by all … Read More

Tales of the humpback whale tails.

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A tail lobbing humpback whale

Tale of the tails. We closely watched at least 6 humpback whales today, with another 7 or 8 in the immediate area. It was the “day of the tails” today. All the humpacks were fluking up, and many had very short down times so we got to see their tail a lot. Add to this tail fluking another humpback that … Read More

12 Humpback Whales put on a great show

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

The Fall whale season is still vibrant and strong. Today the Condor Express watched at least 12 humpback whales. These whales really stirred up the water and gave all on board a fabulous aquatic mammal show. To start with, 3 of the knobby-headed beasts breached several times, sending spray flying everywhere and a thunderous sound. There was also a mother … Read More

Humpback whales lunge feed close up and personal

Bob Perrychannel islands, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching

Many of you loyal readers are no doubt getting tired of hearing me say that it was yet another gorgeous, flat, calm and ideal whale watching day in the Santa Barbara Channel today. But it was. This past month or so has brought us more drop dead days that I can ever recall making our Fall whale watching the best … Read More

Six friendly humpback whales + dolphins = FUN in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching

Six friendly humpback whales + dolphins = FUN Fantastic clear, blue and sunny skies today across the Santa Barbara Channel made it possible for us to spot a whopping 6 humpback whales on the feeding grounds today. Among the beasts we had Rope (our humpback mascot) and that mother with the split dorsal fin calf we call “Nick.” Everyone was … Read More

Perfect conditions for humpback whales and minke whales

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

humpback whale

Perfect conditions for humpback whales and minke whales! It was drop dead gorgeous in the northeastern Channel today. Calm seas, light to zero winds, bright and sunny skies prevailed. All this made seeing spouts very easy and enjoyable. Although 3 humpback whales were watched closely. there were many more spouts in the area. Among the three humpbacks, we had our … Read More

Minke whales breaching a bunch

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Minke whales breaching a bunch. Captain Dave and the Crew of the Condor Express motored out towards the southern Channel today to search for that elusive mother-calf humpback whale pair that has been entertaining the fans off and on for about a month. The farther we ran south, the worse the sea conditions got. Prudence over valor led the crew … Read More

Four Minke whales and thousands of dolphins

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, common dolphins, Condor, Condor Express, dolphin, whale watching, whale watching cruise

Four Minke whales and thousands of dolphins. Four user-friendly Minke whales and thousands of dolphins were watched today out on the northeastern Channel flats. The crew of the Condor Express report that the magnificent sea conditions have continued the entire Labor Day weekend. Warm weather, tropical clouds, clear water and great visibility for spotting spouts was the norm again today. … Read More