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Bottlenose Dolphins in Santa Monica Bay

I was treated to a display of 15-20 Bottlenose Dolphins that were feeding very close to the shore off Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey this past weekend. I don’t often see Dolphins that close to shore and certainly not that many at one time. At times they were huddled up in groups of 5 just waiting for a nice set and riding it toward the shore!

Bottlenose Dolphin

According to an article published by Maddalena Bearzi and Charles A. Saylan of the Ocean Conservation Soceity, 81.4% of Dolphin sightings during their study of Santa Monica Bay were within 0.5km of the shoreline.

Bottlenose Dolphin

Cetacean occurrence, distribution and behavior were investigated in Santa Monica Bay and nearby areas, California (1997–2007). A total of 425 boat-based surveys documented three species inhabiting the study area year-round – the common bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, the long-beaked common dolphin, Delphinus capensis, and the short-beaked common dolphin, D. delphis, and ten species occurring occasionally. Coastal bottlenose dolphins were mostly found traveling, diving and feeding in waters within 0.5km of shore in 81.4% of the sightings (n  =  221), but were also observed occasionally in offshore waters. All other species were seen > 0.5 km of shore, often feeding near escarpments and submarine canyons. Endangered species, such as blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), were also recorded in the study area. This paper provides new information as well as an update on data of the composition for the local cetacean community, and offers information that should be considered in the decision-making process associated with the newly established MPAs, and their use. The presence of a diverse cetacean fauna moving in and out the boundaries of these MPAs, also suggests the need for long-term and regular cetacean monitoring in the area.

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

 

Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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Western Snowy Plovers

The Western Snowy Plover is a small, threatened shorebird, around the size of a small sparrow. They’re endangered due to the fact they nest right along the beach and often in some of the most populated areas of the country…including the beaches of Los Angeles, California!

It’s been decades since they’ve been able to successfully nest here but the California Coastal Commission is trying to change that. A small group of Plovers have been wintering along Dockweiler Beach (just below LAX) and we’re hoping that they may nest. A small section of beach has been “coned” off in the attempt to deter Lifeguard vehicles from driving through it and people from running or walking through the area. Hopefully this will be enough to encourage them it’s safe enough to nest and fledge young here.

I was able to photograph them this morning and afternoon since it’s just a few miles from my house. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they will actually nest and fledge young. If they do I’ll be there to document it every step of the way…without disturbing them of course!

And with that I present a small photo gallery of what I was able to photograph today:

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Just to show you what a “young” bird looks like, here’s a fledgling I photographed at Bolsa Chica a couple years ago:

Snowy Plover2a
Snowy Plover2a

 

Posted by on April 9, 2009 in Photography Adventures

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