Sunday, April 23, 2006
It was a three-hour tour sans Gilligan and the Skipper but in that
short time we witnessed the remarkable diversity of seabirds and cetaceans
that the Monterey Bay is famous for.
This was the trip held in association with the Pacific Grove Museum
of Natural History to celebrate their new exhibit on the renowned
collector Rollo Beck. Along with us were Beck biographer Matt James
and Beck's nephew one Rollo Beck Parsons. Learn more
about the trip and museum programs, and read biographical
information about Rollo Beck.
worth mentioning include the first ANCIENT MURRELET reported
in the bay in the last few months, a single FORK-TAILED STORM PETREL
and a RED PHALAROPE in with a flock of RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.
Lots of SOOTY SHEARWATERS along the submarine canyon edge and
a smattering or SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS still present. PINK-FOOTED
SHEARWATERS are also made a good showing.
In the marine mammal department we had a nice aggregation of HUMPBACK
WHALES, a couple of which came in very close to the boat. We also
found a mixed species pod consisting of NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE and PACIFIC
WHITE SIDED DOLPHINS.
HEERMANN'S GULL (1)
Roger Wolfe for Monterey