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Monterey Bay

October 13

Drove up to Monterey, CA this weekend for back to back Debi Shearwater pelagic trips. Debi is also the one we will be going to Antarctica with next winter. All six of the guides from the Antarctica trip happened to be on the boat with us, along with WINGS leader Steve Howell, which gave me ample time to pick their brains on any questions I had.

Saturday’s pelagic out of Monterey was pretty rough with swells exceeding 12′. Many people were sick, sacrificing their breakfast and lunch to the seagulls following the boat. Fortunately I was not one of them! Sunday’s boat trip out of Santa Cruz was much calmer as the winds had died down overnight. The highlight of the weekend were a pod of Humpback Whales that were being harassed by 6 Transient Orcas (Killer Whale). We suspect the group of Orcas were trying to kill one of the Humpback Whale calves. We don’t think they succeeded as we only noticed the remnants of a California Sea Lion floating in the water.

Lots of images follow:

Sea Otter
Sea Otter

Sea Otter
Sea Otter

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Transient Orca
Transient Orca

Transient Orca
Transient Orca

Transient Orca
Transient Orca

Risso's Dolphin
Risso’s Dolphin

Risso's Dolphin
Risso’s Dolphin

California Sea Lion
California Sea Lion

Sooty Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater

Buller's Shearwater
Buller’s Shearwater

Buller's Shearwater
Buller’s Shearwater

Pink-footed Shearwater
Pink-footed Shearwater

Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross

Northern Fulmar
Northern Fulmar

Common Murre
Common Murre

Marbled Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet

South Polar Skua
South Polar Skua

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier

 

Posted by on October 13, 2008 in Photography Adventures

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  1. Pat Taylor

    October 14, 2008 at 6:19 am

    I’m working on a school project and was hoping that you could email me a photograph of a Pink-footed Shearwater that is not displayed online. The picture will only be used to decorate my project and will not be used commercially or published. One showing the white undersides would be most appreciated but any will do.

    Thank You

     

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