Today, I visited the Kilauea Lighthouse in Kilauea, Kaua'i which is home to many different birds. Here is a shot of a darting Red-Tailed Tropicbird or Phaethon rubricauda. It nests on the Hawaiian Islands and is seen widely in tropical and subtropical areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Last August, in addition to seeing blue whales, we also encountered many humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). In particular, we spent quite a bit of time near a mother humpback whale and her frisky calf. The calf was waving pectoral fin(s) in the air and being generally rambunctious. Apparently, an adult humpback's pectoral fins are the largest in the world and can extend to over 15 feet. The calf seemed to be waving hello (and then good-bye) to all on the whale watch boat.
We also saw a tail slap by an adult humpback whale and several tails/flukes as the whales dove. Last but not least, we saw a calf breach. Due to the speed and unpredictability of the breach and my own excitement at trying to capture it, the photo is a bit blurry.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) are a fixture in Monterey Bay, California. On our whale watch last year, we saw this little whiskered fellow hanging out by a kelp forest and munching on a clam. At first, he was floating on his back in the water with a clam on his chest and next he had cracked the clam and was eating. They are such delightful creatures. Although the Southern Sea Otter population is much larger than earlier in the 20th Century, they are still dying at alarming rates and struggling to survive. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is doing a lot of research on these otters and has a wonderful exhibit of otters who are unable to be released back into the wild.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Last August, we spent the day on a whale watch off the Monterey, California coast. While the weather was chilly and overcast, it was a spectacular day as we saw 5 blue whales and 25 to 30 humpback whales. Here are some shots of the largest animal ever known on earth: the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus). We were lucky to see two travelling together as well as a mother and her calf. They dwarfed our boat and seemed like stealthy submarines gliding through the depths.
Blue Whale off Pebble Beach
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