Condor Express - SEA Landing
301 W. Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
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Year Founded:
    1973

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   This all-new, 75 foot, high-speed catamaran is the most comfortable & advanced vessel on the west coast, in the premier Whale Watching & Party/Dinner Cruise venue in California. Crew members are experienced naturalists. Come ride with the experts.
    The Santa Barbara Channel is home to over 30 different species of whales, dolphins, and seals and sealions that visit throughout the year, making these waters some of the most consistent locations found anywhere to view a variety of marine mammals. The Discovery Channel's "Wonders of our National Parks" highlighted the outstanding abundance of marine life in the Santa Barbara Channel and named it "One of the 10 Best Places in the WORLD to View Wildlife."
    From May through November (summer season) our cruising grounds include the nutrient rich waters around Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands. It's this area that is generally considered to contain one of the world's highest concentration of feeding blue whales and humpback whales in the world! In the winter and spring months we visit with the California gray whale herd as it passes by on both their Southern and Northern migration.
    The CONDOR EXPRESS is available for private charters for those who wish to book the entire vessel for any type of function or event, including birthdays, weddings, fundraisers, anniversaries, or a sunset cruise. Groups can be as small as 10 people or up to 149 persons. The CONDOR EXPRESS is just what your group needs for that perfect experience on the water. Its large, luxuriously teak paneled, walk through cabin offers comfortable booth seating for up to 68 people! A complete galley, cocktail bar, buffet hot table and salad bar. And catering is always available from light snacks and hors d'oeuvres to full dinners. We also offer regularly-scheduled Open Party Cocktail/Sunset Cruises along the coast, as well as Adventure Cruises such as Pelagic Bird Trips, Island Kayaking, and much more throughout the year. The CONDOR EXPRESS is also the perfect platform for educational and research trips, as well as marine-oriented film work. It has the speed and stability to work comfortably anywhere your research needs take you, and is well equipped with state of the art navigational equipment, a large working deck, and the ability to work underwater equipment.


Activities Available:
    Birding,  Cruises,  Kayaking,  Tours,  Whale Watching,  Wildlife Tours,  

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    Bird Watching,    Boat Charters,    Boat Charters,    Deep-Sea Fishing,    Kayaking & Canoeing,    Tours,    Whale Watching,    Whale Watching,    Whale Watching,    Wildlife Tours,

Business Hours:
    Summer: 24/7 -- Winter: 6 am - 7 pm

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    Cash,   MasterCard,   Visa,  Debit Card,  

Admittance:
    During normal business hours

Location Type:
    Boat

Languages Spoken:
    English,  

Indoor/Outdoor:
    Outdoor Location

Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes

Smoking?
    Some restrictions

Cell Phones?
    Permitted

Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Permitted

Pets Allowed?
    No

Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale

Classes Offered?
    Yes.


 
 Recent News & Buzz!!
8/28/16 - Blue Whales Saturday, Humpbacks on Sunday
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A quick note regarding Saturday’s all-day, annual American Cetacean Society excursion. Sightings included a couple of humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel, several hundred pelagic bottlenose dolphins, thousands of both short- and long-beaked common dolphins, and, the Pièce de résistance, 8 or 10 giant blue whales located in pelagic waters well south of San Miguel Island. Now, onward to the present day.
Totals for Sunday included 5 humpback whales and at least 2,500 long-beaked common dolphins. The day began with hazy sun, no wind and a very light bump on the water. Later, and further offshore, conditions became more robust.
The first cetaceans to find the Condor Express were along the 50 fathom contour and consisted of several hundred dolphins moving east. They rode our bow, side and stern wake and several small calves were in the group. Further offshore, north of The Lanes, the first two humpback whales popped up. In fact, they followed a pattern of 7 minute down times, then surfaced within a few feet of the boat multiple times. The “leader” was our old pal, Top Notch.
The final sightings were made on a great hot spot located inside the southbound Lane. Here there were thousands of sea birds, sea lions, dolphins and three closely watched additional humpback whales. Many more spouts were all around this area…the problem of “so many whales, so little time.” No blue whales today, but the other species were fantastic.  Website
8/27/16 - Sea Lion Mob
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Captain Dave hit the jackpot with 12 closely watched humpback whales, over 3,000 long-beaked common dolphins, and, a huge sea lion mob, “thousands of California sea lions,” says Dave. The day began with a low stratus layer and light seas. The marine layer burned off to sun later in the day.
Two of the humpback whales found us about 5 miles north of Santa Rosa Island along The Ledge. Lighting was flat due to the stratus, but our dedicated crew somehow located these beasts despite the clouds. Hundreds of dolphins an sea lions swarmed around this first hot spot.
Moving onward, the next hotbed of life included 2 humpback whales, joined by 4 more, and finally 5 additional whales came on the scene. In the distance some surface lunge feeding was seen if you had good binoculars. Closer to the Condor Express, the final 5 whales were interested in their fan club and swam circles up and down both sides of the boat. Wow! A huge number of additional spouts were seen all around in the distance.
Regarding the huge sea lion mob, Dave says there were aggregations of 200 yards long and 10 yards wide here and there amidst the whales..  Website
8/21/16 - September Opera Cruise - Enjoy Love Songs And Cruising
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Enjoy operatic love songs cruising along the beautiful Santa Barbara shoreline on board the Condor Express. A truly romantic evening for you and yours! Our performers will be Baritone, Brian Hotchkin and Soprano, Deborah Bertling with Pianist, Kacey Link. Your $65 boarding pass includes complimentary appetizers and a no host bar. The cruise departs from the Sea Landing dock in Santa Barbara Harbor promptly at 6 PM so please be there by 5:30. ... Presented by: Condor Express - SEA Landing ... Venue: Condor Express- SEA Landing  Website
8/21/16 - Risso’s Dolphins and more fun animals
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The sun broke out around 11 am and stayed out. It was a bit windy, and got windier as we moved west and offshore, but there was no ground swell or “bump” on the water. Translation: conditions were good. Sightings for the day included 200 long-beaked common dolphins, at least 1,000 short-beaked common dolphins, 5 humpback whales (more in the area), and 30 Risso’s dolphins.
The first common dolphins to locate the Condor Express and start playing in our wake were in a nursery pod and many of the young ones were very small indeed. We were only about 5 miles out of Santa Barbara harbor at the time and there were about 100 animals in this group. We did not know at the time that it would be the largest sighting of long-beaked common dolphins for the trip. At the end of this sighting, as we pulled away, a star-shaped, silver Mylar balloon came drifting down from the sky and, as they all do, landed in the water. Deck hand Auggie put the gaff on it and threw it away before it had time to damage any marine life.
Just north of The Lanes and about 30 minutes later, our staff photographer spotted the first of two small pods of Risso’s dolphins riding the small wind swells that were being generated by the breeze. Several of the 15 or so Risso’s dolphins came very close to the boat. There were a few long-beaked common dolphins around the area. A bit later, when we were south of The Lanes, a second pod of Risso’s dolphins with approximately the same number of animals.
Most of the day was spent getting out past The Lanes and then running along The Ledge to the west in search of larger species of mammals. This trek continued until we were about even with Sandy Point, and with time expiring quickly, Captain Dave altered his course and started for the northern Channel. Within minutes of this course change we came upon a mega-pod of short-beaked common dolphins which were engaged in a full-on stampede. This high speed run went on for quite a while and the herd covered a lot of ground.
Soon after the short-beaked Olympic sprint races we started to see lots of tall spouts to the east. This turned out to be five very actively feeding humpback whales with a few common dolphins, lots of sea birds, and several dozen California sea lions. It was a great encounter and the last of the trip.  Website
8/19/16 - Don't miss the Hawaiian Party Cruise -- Tomorrow (Saturday) Evening
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Get on board for our Hawaiian Cruise! ... Troy Fernandez “Hawaiian Style Ukulele” celebrates the wonders of the tiny four stringed instrument as this world-renowned ukulele master will perform traditional and contemporary treasures along with his hula girls on board the Condor Express. To enhance the Hawaiian style, all lady passengers will receive a complimentary lei. Enjoy light appetizers, with great authentic Hawaiian entertainment. Have fun and dress for the occasion with several of your friends! The cruise is set for a 6:30 PM departure.
The Condor Express provides both style and comfort. The large, luxurious, teak-paneled walk-through cabin features smoked-glass windows and skylights. The Condor’s multi-hull design provides a smooth ride. ... Presented by: Condor Express - SEA Landing ... Venue: Condor Express- SEA Landing  Website
8/17/16 - Minke Whales Pair and more
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A light breeze with a heavy chop on the water soon increased to a bit more than a breeze and a wilder ride to the west-central region of the Santa Barbara Channel. When the winds picked up the stratus blew away, as it usually does, so we had a mostly sunny excursion. Captain Dave reduced his speed and aimed the Condor Express at the flat spots to make the ride more comfortable. Our total sightings included a pair of Minke whales, at least 1,200 long-beaked common dolphins, and several hundred California sea lions.
The first feeding hot spot was on the 50-fathom curve just off Campus Point. Here we found a bunch of very vocal, feeding elegant terns, loads of shearwaters, about 800 dolphins, many dozens of sea lions, and the whales. Our whales were a pair of Minke whales that came up to the boat, side by side, and swam along with us for a while before they split. All the northern anchovies that attracted the smaller animals also enticed these elusive whales. It was one of our better Minke sightings in quite a while.
Dave continued to negotiate the swells and moved west along the 50. About an hour later we encountered about 100 dolphins moving south at a very high speed. It was a synchronized swimming event as groups of 10 or 20 animals at a time got airborne off the tops of the larger waves. At this point we had moved west beyond the Elwood Bluffs. The winds continued to increase, so at this point Dave turned around and we rode down swell for a calm ride for the rest of the trip.
Our final encounter included several hundred more dolphins and another hundred sea lions feeding on yet another patch of bait.  Website
8/16/16 - Come aboard for our Hawaiian Cruise August 20th
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Troy Fernandez, “Hawaiian Style Ukulele” celebrates the wonders of the tiny four stringed instrument as this world-renowned ukulele master will perform traditional and contemporary treasures along with his hula girls on board the Condor Express. To enhance the Hawaiian style, all lady passengers will receive a complimentary lei. Light appetizers will be provided.
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016, 6:30 pm.
Departure: Departs from the Sea Landing dock in Santa Barbara Harbor.
Cost: $40 in advance, $45 day of the cruise.
Reservations: Call Sea Landing (805)963-3564. You can also purchase tickets at the Sea Landing office at the end of the harbor parking lot.  Website
8/15/16 - Wind and Seas
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A bright sunny day, but the moderate to heavy wind and seas made the day very spectacular. Captain Eric ran the Condor Express southwest, just past the East Channel Buoy with whitecaps all day long. A total of 1 humpback whale and approximately 100 long-beaked common dolphins were observed closely.
The humpback whale was a juvenile and spent most of the time going about its business and was wonderful to watch busting through the on-coming seas. The spout from this beast was sent flying high into the breeze. The little whale was a good fluker and also threw its tail once. Again, this was enhanced by the elements.
On the way back towards Santa Barbara after our visit with the humpback whale the dolphins found the boat and had good looks at us. Groups of dolphins rode the wind and seas together and was a brilliant vision to behold.  Website
8/10/16 - Humpback whales
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It’s Tuesday, August 9, 2016 and we had a great whale watching excursion into the Santa Barbara Channel today. The weather was overcast and skies were gray all day, and the wind started off near zero with glassy seas. The seas picked up gradually as we moved further offshore and the morning turned to afternoon. Captain Dave and his crew took us throughout the north-central Channel and, overall, we saw: 5 humpback whales (more in the area), 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 150 California sea lions.
Our first encounter with cetaceans consisted of a small group of dolphins that approached the boat and rode the bow, side and stern wake. Conditions were glassy smooth at the time, and there were quite a few little “football sized” calves in the group. We were no more than a mile or two outside the harbor at this sighting.
About 30 minutes later “Ojos de águila” Auggie, our deckhand, located a tall spout several miles ahead. How does he do this when both the sky and the water is gray? Numerous dolphins were all around us and what turned out to be our first humpback whale of the day popped up to the surface. The tail fluke on this whale was deformed in kind of a slice along the outside edge of the right fluke. It reminded me of a pinky-finger. This animal also threw its tail once. There were abundant elegant terns and sooty shearwaters in the area. At one point, a “friendly tern” came along the port side of the boat very closely. A passenger on the bow reached up, raising his hand towards the bird. It opened its mouth as if to bit the hand and squawked…but never came so close as to draw blood. It was the first time I’ve ever seen such behavior by an elegant tern towards the boat.
Dave continued to head west along the middle of the Channel. Soon four more humpback whales were located and they swam singly and in pairs for the rest of the trip. Loads of dolphins were in the area as were about 100 or so California sea lions. The smallest of the humpback whales breached separately twice, and had an episode of wild and crazy tail throwing. This was exciting stuff especially since the wind had picked up and white caps were all around, so each throw was enhanced.  Website
8/6/16 - Daily Whale Watching Report
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It was another adventure in the eastern Santa Barbara Channel with Captain Dave putting things together with the help of his crew. As the day progressed the sea conditions went from very calm to a little bit choppy. The crew and all the whale fans on board kept their eyes out for cetaceans as the Condor Express made the trip from Santa Barbara down to a region south of The Lanes near West Anacapa Island. Unfortunately, this path across the Channel was a bit bare until a single blue whale was located. Captain Dave believes it was the same blue whale we watched yesterday. It is a regular tail-fluker, and has numerous Remora attached to its skin.
The blue whale did something different today. It made a very direct course to the boat and passed closely alongside for everyone to see. The light shone through the shallow water and made the whale appear bright blue…all within a couple dozen yards of the whale watchers. Of course Dave held the boat in neutral the whole time, and it is good to remember at times like these that the Condor Express does not have propellers or rudders. We are a jet boat after all.
On the way home and not too far out from the harbor entrance a pod of 75 or so long-beaked common dolphins found the boat and had a lot of fun messing around in our wake and riding the bow.  Website
8/4/16 - Get on Board for the Hawaiian Party Cruise -- 8/20 on the Condor Express
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Get on board for our Hawaiian Cruise! ... Troy Fernandez “Hawaiian Style Ukulele” celebrates the wonders of the tiny four stringed instrument as this world-renowned ukulele master will perform traditional and contemporary treasures along with his hula girls on board the Condor Express. To enhance the Hawaiian style, all lady passengers will receive a complimentary lei. Enjoy light appetizers, with great authentic Hawaiian entertainment. Have fun and dress for the occasion with several of your friends! The cruise is set for a 6:30 PM departure.
The Condor Express provides both style and comfort. The large, luxurious, teak-paneled walk-through cabin features smoked-glass windows and skylights. The Condor’s multi-hull design provides a smooth ride. ... Presented by: Condor Express - SEA Landing ... Venue: Condor Express- SEA Landing  Website
8/3/16 - Daily Whale Watching Report
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The continuous cacophony of hundreds of elegant terns calling back and forth all day provided a sharp musical accompaniment to the whale and common dolphin sightings. Captain Eric, along with his deckhand, “ojos de águila” Auggie, located 4 main foci of activity starting just outside Santa Barbara harbor, and ending about 7 miles north of beautiful Santa Cruz Island. Skies started with a thin stratus layer and ended with partly sunny skies. Temperatures were moderate all day. Seas had a light breeze with little or no swell, and water clarity was poor near shore and pretty good offshore. With those things in mind, here’s a summary of events:
Just one mile out from the harbor entrance buoys a nice feeding aggregation of long-beaked common dolphins were seen breaking the glassy surface upside down, all around the Condor Express, hunting patches of northern anchovy and other bait fish. We followed the group as the hunt moved slowly east and just outside the anchorage.
Moving southwest, our next hot spot came just after 12 noon and was located inside the Southbound Lane. Lots of common dolphin activity, with aerial support from at least 100 elegant terns, brought our attention to an area that ultimately provided one humpback whale and two Minke whales. Several California sea lions also joined the hunt and came up to the boat several times to see what was going on.
40 minutes later we had moved south of the Lanes entirely and found our second humpback whale in another area full of dolphins and terns. The number of shearwaters seen today was much less than a week ago, and a single phalarope sat on the water pecking plankton at this location.
On our voyage back home, about 5 miles out from the harbor entrance, a very large ocean sunfish or Mola mola, was laying on its side, and cooperated for a short while as the whale fans got a look at this marvelous fish. Not too long after the Mola sighting Augie found our last pod of dolphins only a mile off the beach. We probably saw at least 1,000 dolphins today.  Website
7/31/16 - Daily Whale Watching Report
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Lady Luck smiled upon Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express as they found a “flat like a lake” day with warm sunshine and no fog. This set the stage for a day of great sightings which included 3 humpback whales (more all around), at least 3,500 long-beaked common dolphins, and around 200 of those master show-offs, the offshore bottlenose dolphins.
Not too far off Santa Barbara harbor, on the 50-fathom curve, we began running into hot spots with humpback whales feeding alongside hundreds of common dolphins. Dives were short and surface times were regular, which was an ideal situation in ideal seas. Moving further south, an additional humpback was located with additional dolphins on the northern side of The Lanes.
A good check of The Lanes yielded nothing in the way of target cetacean species. En route to the world-famous Painted Cave a maternity pod of highly active offshore bottlenose dolphins swam a direct course for the boat. We spent time with these dolphins, went into the mouth of the cave, and on the track home watched the same big pod of offshore bottlenose dolphins when they found us the second t  Website
7/29/16 - Whale Watching Report
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It was a sunny day in the Santa Barbara Channel, glassy near the mainland and a little breezy near the Island. Total sightings for the trip included 2 humpback whales, 1 Minke whale and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins. Here’s the scoop:
Just outside Santa Barbara Harbor several groups of feeding dolphins were found swimming upside down (high speed feeding position) on the glassy surface chasing small patches of northern anchovies. After this initial batch of dolphins, Captain Dave steered a southwest course towards Santa Cruz Island until he reached mid-Channel. Here he changed course and headed directly west to make some headway in that direction for a better, smoother approach to the Islands later.
It was near the East Channel Buoy that a larger hot spot, visible due to numerous crashing brown pelicans, was located by The Man With The Binoculars, deckhand (and 2nd Captain) Eric. Lots of feeding dolphins were seen under the sea birds, and this location also produced two nice humpback whales. By “nice” I mean they both showed tail flukes on every dive…always a crowd pleaser. A lone Minke whale also worked the periphery of this hot spot.
On our way to Santa Cruz Island we saw the 32,000 ton bulk carrier “Starry Sky” moving up the northbound Lane to Point Conception where it would be making an abrupt left turn for the Port of Kawasaki, Japan for an August 14 docking.
At the western end Captain Dave delivered his famous talk about local plate tectonics, the aboriginal population and current ownership of Santa Cruz Island. He also put the Condor Express into the mouth of the world-famous Painted Cave where there were no pelagic red crabs today.  Website
7/26/16 - Offshore bottlenose dolphins
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Another UCSB group chartered the Condor Express for the morning, so our public whale watch was an afternoon adventure. The seas had been calm all morning but, with perfect timing, turned windy at our stern for the ride home. Sightings included 4 humpback whales, 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins, and at least 30 offshore bottlenose dolphins.
The activity shifted to the southeastern Santa Barbara Channel as most of the life we followed was in the general vicinity of Habitat. The whales and dolphins were moving east, but would stop now and again as a small hot spot developed around anchovies. The sea birds and sea lions joined the whales and dolphins on these spots. After some very nice looks Captain Eric gave a tour of the western end of Santa Cruz Island including brief trip inside the mouth of the world-famous Painted Cave. Bird of the day would have to be the numerous pigeon guillemots flying into the Cave with fish in their mouths.
On the way home a medium-sized herd of offshore bottlenose dolphins came over to play with the boat. Several calves were in the group. It is always special to see offshore bottlenose dolphins.  Website
7/22/16 - A great day in the northern Channel ...
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A great day in the northern Channel with tons of humpback whales and long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Eric and his crew had a wonderful trip and there was never anything but a few minutes total in which dolphins were not all around the Condor Express. Over 2,500 dolphins and 4 humpback whales were watched closely, with more whales in the area.
Things got rolling a few miles out from Santa Barbara when the first batch of a few hundred dolphins were found chasing northern anchovies around. The bait fish were in little groups (not huge bait balls) and thus the dolphins kept busy moving around on the hunt.
West of the dolphins we started to find humpback whales. One was particularly friendly and did circles around the boat. Wow! Members of the humpback fan club had some rare selfie moments for sure.
Moving further west until we were about 6 miles of Campus Point, another couple of actively feeding humpback whales were located, again common dolphins were all around the zone.
It was a bright and sunny day that started off without much of a breeze. The wind picked up in the afternoon so we ran east at that time and rode downhill.  Website
7/20/16 - July 20, 2016 – Santa Barbara
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California Whale Watching – you can never get enough! It was windy from the get-go today, but it was a nice warm wind and there was not much swell so the ride was a good one. The further we pushed offshore to the southwest, the stronger the winds were. But as luck would have it, we encountered a honey hole full of whales and dolphins and had an epic adventure. Totals for the day included 2,300+ common dolphins, 1 Minke whale (more in the area), 6 humpback whales (many more spouts in the zone), and several hundred California sea lions organized into a few nice mobs. The bird of the trip was the elegant tern and was found on each of the many hot spots we visited.
Speaking of hot spots, the first one was about 1 mile southeast of Santa Barbara and was located immediately by our deckhand, Ojos de águila Auggie. There was a confluence of brown pelicans, sooty shearwaters, gulls, and a large number of very vocal elegant terns. All the birds were flying, crashing and diving on a medium-sized northern anchovy bait ball while common dolphins, and California sea lions were actively feeding. At one point the school sought protection near the starboard pontoon with little luck. Almost an hour later and several miles to the west, another hot spot full of birds, dolphins, sea lions and about 4 Minke whales was located. We closely watched only one of the Minke whales, as it turned out to be a very cooperative whale. After a while the Minke got ahead of the Condor Express and lunge-fed on the surface.
Noon found us about 10 miles offshore and coming into the Land of the Humpback Whales. Spouts began to come into view all around. We settled-in and closely watched several humpbacks. One, nicknamed “Speckles,” had been seen yesterday and several times in the past. It is a juvenile-sized whale and its skin is full of little white spots. Speckles engaged in several tail-throwing episodes today, mostly a quarter-mile or so away. This hot spot expanded and moved around and we got better and better looks at the abundant feeding animals.  Website
7/16/16 - Blue Whale etc. etc.
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Seas were calm and the cetaceans were abundant on this wonderful day in the Santa Barbara Channel. Skies had a thin stratus layer with sunny “sucker holes” until mid-afternoon when the clouds were vanquished once and for all. Animal totals for the trip included 7 humpback whales (many more in the distance), 1 giant blue whale (several other tall spouts in the area), 1,200 or more long-beaked common dolphins, and lots of California sea lions. The sea bird of the day was a nice, light-colored northern fulmar that let the Condor Express pass by without flushing. Here’s how things happened today:
Around 1045 am a group of around 100 or so dolphins found us and we had great sightings for a few minutes, with the promise of more dolphins in the distance. Fifteen minutes later, attracted by a much large assemblage of active dolphins, we found a hot spot zone rich with feeding animals including many humpback whales. As we came slowly and carefully into the zone, I saw tail flukes in all directions and my immediate rough tally was 12 humpback whales, but Captain Dave really took his time to watch 5 of them. This strategy paid off with excellent looks and so many tail flukes that we lost count for a while.
Noon found us in the southbound Lanes where the Condor Express blogger spotted a giant blue whale and several other tall spouts in the distance, both east and west of our location. The giant appeared to be traveling west and alternated between 11 minute and 4 minute dives. It never arched or fluked-up which led the crew to hypothesize it was not diving deep. After the nice blue whale, Dave took us on nice tour of the western end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island, including a visit to the antechambers of the world-famous Painted Cave. The Cave was full of pigeon guillemots flying in and out from hunting expeditions. West of The Cave, there are many dozens of smaller caves, one of which contained the carcass of a dead humpback whale. This may be the carcass that Captain Eric reported seeing last week. We did not stop or dwell on this particular small cave.
On the way home another hot spot had developed about 8 miles out from Santa Barbara Harbor. Here we found several hundred very active dolphins which were making high speed runs to the east, then to the west, in small groups that almost collided when east met west. Two large humpback whales were also feeding here.  Website
7/13/16 - Opera Cruise on the Condor Express ... July 16
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World renowned Tenor, Eduardo Villa, will perform his favorite arias, including Nessun Dorma, La Dona e mobile, Vesti La Giubba, and other great arias, as well as several Broadway hits. A rare opportunity to experience opera up-close and personal. ... Presented by: Condor Express - SEA Landing ... Venue: Condor Express- SEA Landing  Website
7/9/16 - Fin whales and more
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Captain Dave reports clear sailing conditions and another epic day full of cetacean sightings in the Santa Barbara Channel. Totals for the day: humpback whale = 1, blue whales = 6 (more all around), fin whales = 2, and long-beaked common dolphins = 500. Here is the story…
The first hot zone was a few miles off the coast and consisted of the humpback whale and the common dolphins. Good looks were had by all.
Moving southwest, Dave ran into the second hot spot south of The Lanes and he found all the blue whales and fin whales at this location. How marvelous to see all these true giants of the animal kingdom within a few miles of ocean.
Our final destination was a tour of the western end of Santa Cruz Island with Dave’s interpretation of the geology, natural history, and indigenous tribes. This tour included a visit to the world-famous Painted Cave.  Website



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