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

The same 2 humpback whales go wild again. Wow!

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching, whale watching trips

Humpback whales go wild again Two humpback whales “mugged” the Condor Express repeatedly today. Captain Eric ran to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again due to reports of rough seas out at the islands. As he did yesterday, he found the white tailed mother and her juvenile busy lunge feeding on the surface. At one point the juvenile rolled over … 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

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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

“Prop Scar” Humpback Whale Breaches again today!

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

Prop Scar Humpback whale breaches again today. With at least 500 common dolphins in the area all day long, and between 5 and 6 Minke whales, the Condor Express ventured to the feeding grounds again today. Regular readers of the blog will know that we frequently see a mature humpback whale with a very pronounced and deep propeller scar, and … 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

Saturday humpback whale-o-rama

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

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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