Capt. Art's Wildlife Blog

The Mexico Pelagic Birding Tour is off and running!

We are proud to host the historic Mexico Pelagic Tour, sponsored by WildWings, which left today. Leaders aboard are Chris Collins and Steve Howell. Stay tuned to this blog for daily reports from the field. Their first stop will be Isla Guadalupe.

Photos from Pelagic Birding Tour (thanks to Dave Povey!)

Mid-day report – September 9

Good day on the pelagic birding trip! Blue whale, Guadalupe fur seals, red-billed tropicbird, Laysan albatross, and much more. They have good weather for exploring the deep-water areas around the Rodriguez dome and San Juan seamount.

Day 2 Pelagic Birding Tour – September 8

Capt Aaron called in a report tonight from the Channel Islands area. They spent time with some marine mammals today: Bryde’s, humpback and fin whales, and Risso’s, common and bottlenose dolphins. They came upon a huge feeding frenzy of sea lions and seabirds that was quite impressive. The bird list included Buller’s shearwaters, brown boobies, […]

2015 Pelagic Birding tour is off and running!

The 25 birders and 4 leaders left around noon yesterday to head out for an afternoon of local birding, before heading north to the Channel Islands and offshore deep water. They are in search of pelagic birds, whales, dolphins and any other life they can find. The weather forecast looks terrific! Stay tuned for reports. […]

A May 31 gray whale sighting

Hello whalewatchers: I had to share the sighting of a northbound gray whale off the Washington coast. Celia and I were on vacation between seasons, visiting the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. We saw a blurb in a guide book about Rialto Beach where you might see gray whales and bald eagles, so we decided to […]

Everyone loves mobulas!

But these came next to the boat to feed on the plankton attracted to the lights. What a show!

Tour #6 Isla Espiritu Santo

Today we started the day with Bryde’s and fin whales. We were able to get on the right side of the fin whale with great lighting and see the white lower jaw plainly. Not a bad start! We travlled around the northern end of the island so we could get into deep water with hopes […]

Tour #6 Isla San Jose and Los Islotes

Hello whaewatchers: We had some communication gliches yesterday so we weren’t’t able to send a report. We were busy with plenty of activities–a skiff ride into the mangroves at Isla San Jose to start and then whalewatching on our way to Los Islotes to snorkel with the sea lions. We came across some pilot whales […]

Tour #6 Isla San Jose and Sea of Cortez

Hello whalewatchers, We had a great start to our day with a sunrise at Punta Colorado, Isla San Jose. The we had an early walk in the arroyo and a good snorkel session with good visibilty and 75 degree water. There was a personal milestone for one of our passengers, Reiner Ertel from Germany. Before […]

Tour #6 Offshore Cabo San Lucas, Los Frailes

Hello whalewatchers: We had another awesome day today with great weather, clear skies, calm seas and light winds. Great sea birds this morning again–frigates, black and least storm petrels, brown and masked boobies, pink-footed shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds too! The whalewatching was tremendous with a humpback cow and her calf with an escort and all the […]

Tour #6 Offshore Bahia Magdalena

Hello whalewatchers, We had another great day with good conditions-light winds and calm seas. The morning started out with lots of common dolphin and seabirds, including elegant terns, Sabines gulls in breeding plumage, pinkfooted and blackvented shearwaters, red phalropes, frigatebirds and the highlight- masked and nazca boobies.  We saw a few sea turtles as well. […]

Tour #6 Laguna San Ignacio day 1

Hello whalewatchers: We had a wonderful day in Laguna San Ignacio with great weather in the morning/early afternoon and awesome whalewatching. Everyone had a close encounter with multiple cows and calves. We had some light rain before sunset, and then after dark we had heavy rain at times. The weather this year has been different […]

Tour #6 Islas San Benito

Hello whalewatchers: We had a great day at Islas San Benito, starting with a blue whale in the anchorage. We haven’t seen a blue whale in that shallow of water here ever before! We had a few good looks and then went ashore. The group had a good day and saw plenty of elephant seals […]

Tour #6: Islas Todos Santos and offshore

Dear whalewatchers: What a great start to our tour #6! We saw at least 6 blue whales, two fin whales, and lost of short-beaked common dolphins. The birders were happy with shearwaters, phalaropes, elegant terns, Bonapartes gulls and more. We saw all the species of pinnipeds at Islas Todos Santos also. We are looking forward […]

Tour #5 Islas Los Islotes and more

Dear whalewatchers: The group has arrived to Cabo San Lucas and has departed the boat. The report from yesterday was stellar! They enjoyed some birdwatching in the mangroves at Isla San Jose, snorkeling with sea lions at Islas Los Islotes and then the trip topper–time spent watching sperm whales–Wow! Next tour leaves Wednesday, lead by […]

Tour #5 Isla Santa Catalina

Hello whalewatchers: We’ve had another beautiful day in the Sea of Cortez. We started with a nice walk on Isla Santat Catalina and shortly after that, a very nice snorkel in perfect conditions. Not very long after we left the island there were a lot of dwarf sperm whales on the surface and we got […]

Tour #5 Isla San Jose

Hello whalerwatchers: We had another beautiful day in the Sea of Cortez. The weather was great and the walk/snorkel at San Jose Island was great too. Shortly after leaving the island, we enjoyed a big group of long-beaked common dolphins and shortly after that pilot whales–one of my favorites. We were lucky to find a […]

Tour #5 Cabo San Lucas, Gorda Banks

Hello whalewatchers: We had another fabulous day here on the Searcher, including lots of really good looks at humpback whales. We got to see all types of action: breaching, flipper flapping, and some tail lobbing. The highlight was seeing a baby humpback breaching repeatedly over and over. We also we got to parallel a blue […]

Offshore Bahia Magdalena

Hello whalewatchers:  What an awesome day we had! We enjoyed amazing weather and our wildlife sightings started before daylight. We had common dolphins from daylight til about 8 a.m.. Shortly after that we found a pair of humpbacks, and after that we saw a cow and calf blue whale in clear, blue water with the […]