Blue Whales are among the most magnificent whales to see in the wild and there is no better way or place to see them than on this trip. I cannot think of a better location, boat, or organization, for seeing these creatures in their prime habitat.
-- John Calambokidis, co-author of Blue Whales (Voyager Press, Inc.) and Founder, Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, WA
Whale Watch Adventure
JULY 26, 2014 8am to 4pm
The price is $109 per person ($99 for ACS members)
Price includes a delicious continental breakfast served onboard.
About the trip:
We'll head to sea aboard the Condor Express, a jet-powered catamaran custom built for whale watching. The Santa Barbara Channel, often referred to as "Galapagos of the North", is a nutrient rich habitat due to the deep submarine canyon and the steep canyon ridges which force cold water to the surface. This "upwelling" creates a perfect scenario for blue whales with voracious appetites.
Blue whale feeds almost exclusively on krill, small shrimp-like organisms that are especially abundant in the Santa Barbara Channel, particularly along the northern edge of the Channel Islands. A single blue whale requires as much as four tons of krill per day to sustain its incredible bulk, so feeding – and locating food - constitutes the vast majority of a blue whale’s activities. Blues are frequently seen feeding in the same krill patches as humpback and fin whales. In fact, during the peak of the whale feeding season in the Santa Barbara Channel, it is not unusual to see 5 or 6 different species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) all in the same area at the same time.
Other marine wildlife regularly observed in the Channel are humpback whales, minke whales, dolphins – common, bottlenose, Pacific white-sided, Risso’s and Northern right whale, -- Dall's porpoise, elephant seals, and California sea lions. Additionally, many species of marine birds such as shearwaters, storm petrels, and gulls are typically observed.
The Condor Express
With a specially built wave-piercing hull, the Condor Express provides an exceptionally smooth, stable ride. The vessel features a modified hydrofoil "wing" mounted between the hulls to provide lift to raise the boat at high speed, producing the smooth ride that this design is noted for. Powered by four computer controlled 740Hp Detroit Diesel engines which power high performance Hamilton Water-Jets, the Condor Express is environmentally friendly and safe around marine animals.
With an average cruising speed of 28+ knots (~ 30 mph), the Condor Express is capable of reaching the Channel Islands in 1/3 the time (45 minutes) of other charter boats. Additionally, the vessel features walk-around decks, a huge upper sun-deck, a raised forward bow area, a full galley, and continuous side windows in the large comfortable cabin.
Cancellation Policy: Unless cancelled by the boat landing, tickets are non-refundable. Please consider your unused ticket a donation to ACS/LA.
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When & Where
American Cetacean SocietyLos Angeles Chapter
The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.