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

Humpback Whale Gluttony x12

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I’ve been shooting photos on the Condor Express for 8 years and I have never, ever seen so much humpback whale gluttony on one trip as we saw today. We had over a dozen humpback whales in an area to the southeastern Santa Barbara Channel. Most of them came together on a hot spot and continued to lunge feed on … 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

Our humpback whales are still at it!

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, minke whale, whale watching

After a few days off doing regularly scheduled maintenance and a tiny trickle of local rain, the Condor Express set a course for the humpback whale hot spot again today. Good news: our humpback whales are still at it ! Sea conditions were quite nice considering the thunderous winds to the east of the Santa Barbara Channel. None of these … Read More

Outstanding sea conditions for whale watching AGAIN !!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, California Whale Watching, common dolphins, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel

Outstanding sea conditions for whale watching AGAIN!! These wonderful Fall whale watching conditions just keep on rolling along. Hardly a breath of wind, glassy surface, blue water and blue skies with warm sun. Right out of the harbor we encountered about 8 inshore bottlenose dolphins and ran with them through the East Beach anchorage. One of the large bottlenose was … Read More

Mother and calf put on a show in the Santa Barbara Channel

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

Today we watched a “new” (not recognized by us previously) mother and her calf in the east Santa Barbara Channel. Conditions for whale watching were good, and the big winds stayed outside the Channel Islands and west of us. The cow-calf pair stayed with us for over an hour, and the calf did what calves will do…stayed close to mom … Read More

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