Lots of humpback whales and dolphins on a sunny and calm day!

Bob Perrywhale watching california

Humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 09-03 SB Channel

Sunny skies and calm seas prevailed in the Channel and the wildlife sightings were great!  Closely watched species included 6 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. BE SURE TO READ A SPECIAL BULLETIN AT THE END OF THIS REPORT.

Our first small groups of scattered dolphins, many with 100 or so individuals, found us in The Lanes adjacent to Chinese Harbor on Santa Cruz Island. Sure enough, among the scattered dolphins we also watched three individual humpback whales. All were small, probably juveniles, and showed plenty of tail flukes as they went about their subsurface feeding.

After some quality time with this initial trio of whales and their dolphin cousins, Captain Dave took a short tour along the sea cliffs and coves of northeastern Santa Cruz Island. This included a nice and very scenic visit to Potato Harbor.

On the way home, now a bit further than the location of our earlier whales, a second trio was located. These were adult whales and the largest individual made a wonderful friendly approach including a rolling slo-mo dive under the twin hulls of the Condor Express!  Of course, more dolphins were all around this location too.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry
Condor Express, and


Mark your calendars! After having such wonderful sights further offshore (we were several miles south of San Miguel Island at one point) on our special 8-hour whale watch last month, Captain Dave is going to do it again!

Make your reservations now: Saturday, September 25 — 8am to 4pm

phone:  888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088

My report from the August trip is here:

I look forward to seeing you on board!