Tales of the humpback whale tails.

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

A tail lobbing humpback whale

Tale of the tails. We closely watched at least 6 humpback whales today, with another 7 or 8 in the immediate area. It was the “day of the tails” today. All the humpacks were fluking up, and many had very short down times so we got to see their tail a lot. Add to this tail fluking another humpback that … Read More

Plenty of humpback whales and dolphins too

Bob Perrydolphin, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

humpback whales

8 humpbacks+ 500 commons Again the Condor Express had the good weather and sea conditions on its side as it hit the feeding grounds. Today we saw a total of 8 humpback whales, and most of them were actively engaged in surface lunge feeding on anchovy schools. Among the beasts we watch one “show off” that breached multiple times and … Read More

12 Humpback Whales put on a great show

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

The Fall whale season is still vibrant and strong. Today the Condor Express watched at least 12 humpback whales. These whales really stirred up the water and gave all on board a fabulous aquatic mammal show. To start with, 3 of the knobby-headed beasts breached several times, sending spray flying everywhere and a thunderous sound. There was also a mother … Read More

Humpback whale antics thrill everyone again

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

Captain Eric reports ideal conditions today, although there was a small 3 foot swell, but with no wind on top of the swell it was great for whale watching. Whereas yesterday we had the monster anchovy schools on the surface with lots of surface feeding, today was more like a play day for the humpback whales. There were 8 humpback … Read More

Fall Humpback Whales

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

Again we encountered “drop dead gorgeous” sea conditions with warm, sunny skies and crystal clear water. The humpback whales continue to flock to the Santa Barbara Channel to feast on the abundant northern anchovy schools. (Pardon the pun; I said “flock” with the long pectoral wings of a humpback in mind). Today we had between 8 and 10 humpback whales … Read More

Surface humpback whale lunge feeding by all today

Bob Perryhumpback whale, minke whale

Humpback whale

It was another nice day on the Channel with plenty of anchovy schools to get the cetaceans and whale watchers excited. Captain Dave reported a total of 5 humpback whale and 4 Minke whales. 4 of the humpbacks and some of the Minkes were surface lunge feeding quite a bit today, taking advantage of all those anchovies. In addition approximately … Read More

Humpback whale pair mugs Condor Express

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

Captain Eric reports a slightly breeze today out on the Santa Barbara Channel but still sighted at least 6 humpback whales. Out of the 6 total sightings in the area, 2 of the humpback whales were extremely friendly and garnered most of the time and attention today. Using humpback tricks such as swimming back and forth under the boat, coming … Read More

Surrounded by humpback whale spouts

Bob Perryhumpback whale, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

humpback whale

The wisps of fog that enshrouded Santa Barbara Harbor quickly lifted as we pushed to the east. At times there were little “sucker holes” of sun and warmth, but for the most part it was glassy smooth but with a low overcast ceiling. Once on the feeding grounds the ceiling did not matter. We were surrounded by humpback whales. Captain … Read More