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

Minke Whales Baleen on the Flats

Bob Perryminke whale, Santa Barbara Channel

Baleen on the Flats Whoa! Did Captain Dave do it again! We left the harbor and ran southeast towards Platform Hillhouse where we encountered several friendly pods of long beaked common dolphins and their sooty shearwater aerial accompanists. The sky had a thin overcast, and the ocean surface wall mill pond glass. Before long the eagle eyes of Captain Dave … Read More

We had a blast with humpback whales and dolphins today

Bob Perryhumpback whales, whale watching trips

Sunny. Clear skies. Very light winds. Smooth sea surface. All the oceanographic parameters were perfect today as Captain Mat took the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara Harbor and headed south to the spots we left the humpback whales yesterday. Again the abundance and diversity of marine mammals was spectacular. Here are the approximate totals for today: 2 Minke whales … Read More

Huge patch of activity including humpback whales

Bob Perrybirding, California Whale Watching, humpback whales, whale watching cruise

When humpback whales are very close, almost anyone can smell them. But it takes a seasoned veteran captain like Captain Dave to sniff-out cetaceans when they are 8 or 10 miles “out there.” After an initial contact with a humpback whale just outside Santa Barbara Harbor, Dave pushed offshore keeping the moderate chop on our bow quarter for a smoother … Read More

Superior dolphins and abundant humpback whales

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, California Whale Watching, dolphin, humpback whales, whale watching, whale watching cruise

A humpback whale fluking up. Today we ran two trips, one typical whale watch but shifted to the morning 8a-1230p, and a private 2 hour charter in the afternoon. As a heads-up, tomorrow is the same schedule as today, 8a -1230p. And Saturday, we run a 1pm – 530pm afternoon adventure. Although windy conditions were forecast for the Channel, is … Read More