|Elegant Terns accompanied us on the way in and out of the harbor today|
|A few of the passengers on board in Monterey|
Today was day one of my birthday weekend full of salt water and hopefully, loads of birds. We set out from Monterey Harbor. My birding buddy Don was on board too.
|On the way out of the harbor, passing the California Sea Lion & cormorant coated jetty|
|Passing by the Monterey Bay Aquarium on the way out to sea|
|You can see how close to shore these Whales are.The birds are|
gulls, some Brown Pelicans and hundreds of Sooty Shearwaters
|Flukes as the Humpback dives|
|Sooty Shearwater taking to the sky|
|A pretty pair of cocoa-colored Common Murres, probably juvenile|
|Hundreds of racing Long-beaked Common Dolphins|
|Everyone loves a Dolphin's tail|
The neatest things I saw all day were Dall's Porpoises. They are amazing! Shaped like old throw pillows these water babies can still scoot through the water faster than any other cetacean. They are always an immense treat. They're so fast they're hard to get shots of, even with video.
|The only still shot I managed to get of a Dall's Porpoise - it's headed left|
We hit a spot where everyone and their finny friends were fishing - Sea Lions, Whales and lots of shearwaters. It gave a nice chance for photographing genuine Whale Tails, by which individual whales are ID'd by nosy scientists.
|Wrong side of the tail for an ID, but still a nice barnacled, sea weed edged tail|
|Look at the white marking, Orca or shark bite fluke and again with the barnacles|
|Not too many bites out of this tail and it's all black|
|You can see the Fur Seal (?) fins on the left, and a rather obvious Whale on the right|
|Stellar's Sea Lions, larger than California Sea Lions|
are appreciative of a good little bouy
|A Sea Otter in the Harbor as we head back to the pier|
Here is a look at the three Cetacean species we saw today. Oh, and keep in mind, when a Dall's Porpoise hits the surface for that scant fraction of a second, they're using that time to breathe.
It was a long day, around ten hours. When we hauled into port, Don headed home and I headed north to a Half Moon Bay motel, get some sleep and await tomorrow's pelagic.
Full report of this trip with Alvaro's Adventures.