BETH HAMEL & HER FRIENDLY CAMERA LENSE!
She handholds this monster.
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Monterey Bay trip.
SEA OTTER feeding youngster portions of a clam.
That's the distended foot of the clam in the image.
I think this was high on Beth's "wish list" on this day!
BREACHING HUMPBACK WHALES near MOSS LANDING,
By day's end, we would record some 62 HUMPBACKS!
Notice the knobs on the edge of the whale's flipper and the top of the head.
Barnacles on the chin. The lined area is the throat pleats.
GREAT EGRET fishing on the Coast Guard Jetty.
SOOTY SHEARWATER taking flight, showing the silver wing-linings.
NORTHERN FULMAR, above, always has a yellowish bill.
Intense chases by POMARINE JAGEGERS of ELEGANT TERNS.
Jaegers are kleptoparasites.
It just doesn't seem fair when more than one jaeger gangs up on a bird.
POMARINE JAEGER, sitting on the water, and in flight, below.
A young NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL sticking its head out of the water.
At this age, they are known as "rat noses."
This is the second largest seal in the world.
RHINOCEROS AUKLET breed at Ano Nuevo Island north of Santa Cruz.
RISSO'S DOLPHINS are very large dolphins, up to 13 feet long, with tall dorsal fins, heavy scarring on the gray body.
RISSO'S DOLPHINS have bulbous heads and feed on squid.
Here's a change-up: PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER harassing a SABINE'S GULL!
ASHY STORM-PETREL, one of the rarest of the world's storm-petrels.
Most of the ASHY STORM-PETRELS did not approach the vessel very closely, as is the usual case.
HUMPBACK WHALE pectoral flipper, slapping the water repeatedly.
These flippers can be up to 12 feet long.
IT WAS ONE HECK OF A DAY ON MONTEREY BAY!
SEE YOU OUT THERE!
LIVING THE SALT LIFE,