Marine mammals galore: humpbacks, dolphins, sea lions.

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Common dolphins in the Santa Barbara Channel!

2021 09-04 SB Channel

Captain Dave and his crew ran across the Channel to The Lanes and back with calm seas. Skies started with fog in the early morning, turning to a high stratus layer, and then, after noon, the sun prevailed. Sightings were phenomenal and included: 10+ humpback whales, 4000 long-beaked common dolphins and 200 California sea lions.


Common dolphins were around all day, starting with smaller pods close to shore and forming big groups on the whale grounds. California sea lions and lots of interesting marine birds were also found among the whales.

The first 2 single, juvenile humpback whales were located 2 miles north of the NOAA East Channel Buoy. One of them breached close to the boat and thrilled its fans.

An even more productive area was found inside The Lanes where concentrations of dolphins, sea lions sea birds and at least 7 whales were found. Among the whales were 1 very large (female) adult and a very active juvenile. The small one did quite a bit of lob tailing, both in a “normal” position and upside down. I’ve tried to emulate this exercise in a swimming pool with little success.

On the way home 2 additional, large adults were found (with hundreds more dolphins).

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!