10-16-2012 Quick looks at a Variety of Species Today

Beautiful calm and sunny conditions made for a very pleasant cruise today. We had brief looks at a good variety of wildlife today. Here’s the list: humpback whale right at Moss Landing, harbor porpoise, Dall’s porpoise, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Elephant Seal female, many molas, blue shark plus many birds, jellies, sea lions and otters. It’s great to see the Dall’s porpoise back in the bay. I used to see them on most trips when I was working on marine mammal research surveys years ago. They have been real scarce the past few years, but just in the last week or so sightings are on the increase. We hope they stick around and start playing around the boat again, as bow-riding black and white Dall’s are a cool treat.

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