Blue whale-watching trip departs Saturday morning from Santa Barbara
Blue whales have returned to the Santa Barbara channel and are presenting an amazing opportunity for whale-watchers.
To take advantage of the majestic leviathans' pause in the area during the summer months to feed on krill, the American Cetacean Society Los Angeles chapter is offering an all-day whale-watching trip on Saturday aboard the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara's Sea Landing.
The boat leaves at 8 a.m. and returns about 4 p.m., and is one of only a few all-day whale-watching excursions.
Heading toward the Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands 20 miles offshore, there is abundant marine life to be seen.
While sighting the mighty blue whale will be the main focus, humpback, minke and killer whales also frequent the area, as do various dolphin, seals and sea lions.
The fare includes a continental breakfast plus entry in a raffle. Food and beverages are available for purchase on board. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Cost is $88 for ACS members and $99 for nonmembers. Visit the ACS-LA website or call (310) 548-7821 for information.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Blue whales have returned to the Santa Barbara Channel, where the majestic leviathans are now teeming -- and revealing their flukes as they dive for food -- near Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands. Credit: Condor Express