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Sunday, June 10, 2007

A Day @ Monterey Bay

Two weeks ago, we decided to drive down to Monterey Bay which is ~80 miles away from where we live and see the whales that everyone was talking about. Monterey Bay is the vacation spot for Humpback whales, Gray whales, Blue whales, Orcas, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Otters and a huge population of various bird species. Trust me, i ain't talking about the Aquarium or the Zoo; Monterey bay is one of the stops in the migration paths of these big fishes. The weather channel promised us bright sunny skies but the weather was cold, windy, cloudy and bleahhhh. Here are a few pictures from our adventure trip.

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Brandt's Cormorants
Brandt's Cormorants are strictly marine birds that inhabit the Pacific coast of North America. They build nests on cliffs and rocks and guard them all the time as the Sea gulls have a reputation of robbing their nests. The blue patch around the throat and the blue eyes appear only during mating season. They fly very fast and are known to dive great depths into the water to catch fish.

California Sea Lions
Sea Lions are very similar to Seals with the only difference that Sea Lions have tiny ears sticking out whereas the Seals don't. They are most noisy, like to take group naps and eat just about anything they find. They love to hang around the shore, perched up on rocks. Sometimes, they invade the beach in hundreds and take- over boats, parks, parking lots and the waterfronts. Don't believe me? Read this.

Few Lazy Whales
Humpback whales spend most of their summer and fall season in Monterey Bay feeding on Anchovies, Sardines and Krill and head back to Mexico in the winter. To see these whales close up in action, one needs to take a boat and sail ~2-3 miles into the bay. Morning boat trips are fun as the big fishes are on a feeding frenzy and are very active and playful. You could spot atleast 50 Humpback whales, a couple of Blue Whales, a few hundred Dolphins and some Orcas. We could not get the morning trip as it was sold out and took the afternoon trip instead. Here are a few Humpback and Blue whales that were lazing around.


  1. Hi Ari,
    Great post!
    Awesome pictures!
    Love all of them!
    Thanks for sharing.
    You must have had a great trip!
    Sorry the weather wasn't so great though.

    Take care!
    Don't work too hard today.


  2. Ari- I am surprised u got only one flash here.

    Just awesome and you did a great job.

  3. Hey Ari
    Guess what I'm doing?
    I came here to go back to your archives....I'm listening to the Wilson Picket album you put on here for me back on Aug 22nd last year.

    I have two little girls playing in my back yard and two dogs having a ball(Jake's brother Marley is here too)
    The girls are liking the music too.
    Not a bad way to be "working"

    Hope you are having a good day!
    Thanks for the music Ari.
    I'm loving it!

    P.S People are really missing out on a great post here.
    It's just wonderful!

  4. A few captures you praise.
    Good work.


  5. I LOVE the close-up of the Brandt's Cormorants... the fifth one down overall... lovely!


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