Epic conditions & Epic Gray Whale and Humpback Whale sightings

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, humpback whale, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

  Epic conditions & Epic sightings After 17 days of waiting for the Harbor to be re-opened, the Condor Express ran 3 whale watch trips today (9am, 12noon, 3pm) with spectacular conditions.  It was a bright sunny day with temperatures in Santa Barbara in the 80’s.  There was little to no wind and the sea surface was flat.  What a … Read More

2 nice gray whales and a lot of dolphins

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

gray whales

Gray whales and a lot of dolphins Not far out of Santa Barbara Harbor the Condor Express played with a group of at least 1,500 common dolphins.  As usual, these friendly cetaceans rode the bow, surfed the wake, and generally dazzled and delighted everyone on board.  Next we ran across the to world famous Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, … Read More

New Year Starts with 6 Killer Whales

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, orca, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching trips

killer whales

New Year Starts with 6 Killer Whales This is our third transient killer whale (Orcinus orca) encounter in a week.  What a week it has been.  Captain Dave and the crew found great sea conditions and bright sun in the Santa Barbara Channel, making spout finding easier. The adventure today began with a trip over to Santa Cruz Island where … Read More

Stunning sightings of gray whales at Santa Cruz Island

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, channel islands, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel

Stunning sightings of gray whales at Santa Cruz Island We zipped across a rather choppy Santa Barbara Channel with a few white caps today, on our way towards the very fertile whale grounds of Santa Cruz Island. We played briefly with 4 Dall’s porpoises around the middle of the Channel. The great news is that once we were within a … Read More

Killer whales lead the list of 6 different marine mammal species today.

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, killer whale, orca, Santa Barbara Channel

Killer whales lead the list of 6 different marine mammal species today. According to https://orcasoftheworld.wordpress.com Bigg’s killer whales were formerly known as ‘transients’. In 2012, a push was made to rename this type of killer whale in memory of Dr. Michael Bigg (1939–1990). Bigg’s killer whales range all along the west coast of North America, from California to Alaska. They … Read More

Two “Wrong Way Corrigan” Gray Whales and More.

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, channel islands, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise

Two “Wrong Way Corrigan” Gray Whales and More You may have heard the story of Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan who, back in the day, was supposed to fly from New York to Long Beach, California. He landed in Ireland claiming heavy clouds and navigational errors. Well today we had two “Wrong Way Corrigan” gray whales. This is the time of … Read More

Two mid-Santa Barbara Channel gray whales and more

Bob Perrybirding, common dolphins, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching trips

Two mid-Santa Barbara Channel gray whales and more We ran south heading offshore and ran smack into a nice herd of long beaked common dolphins. The were heading east in super clear, blue water. After some nice playtime, we continued east-southeast and quickly came upon two southbound gray whales. This is pretty far off the beach an no where near … Read More

Eastern grounds produce wild humpback whale antics.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching trips

Humpback whale antics With very rough seas and high winds out a the Islands, Captain Eric steered a course for the eastern Santa Barbara Channel today in search of humpback whale and other marine mammals. He played with at least 2,000 common dolphins and then found one of the mother-calf pairs that we saw throughout the Fall season. Both mom … 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

humpback whales

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