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Sea Otter Eating Crabs

Crabs are one of the favorite foods of sea otters.  Each individual sea otter specializes in 2-3 types of food that they prefer to eat, and their preferences usually come from their mother!  Researchers at the Elkhorn Slough have recently … Continue reading

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Humpback Whale Mom and Calf Synchronized Breach

This humpback whale mom (right) and calf (left) performed a synchronized breach in the Monterey Bay last summer.  Why the mom and calf pair sometimes breach together, or how they communicate to arrange to do so, is a mystery.  I … Continue reading

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Common dolphins, Monterey Bay, California

Common dolphins (delphinis) are not seen in the Monterey Bay too often, but last summer (July 2014) they were present as anchovy bait balls were near the shore and the Monterey Bay had warmer currents.  The dolphins, like the humpback … Continue reading

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Sea Otter eating a green crab

This sea otter is eating a green-colored crab.  Sea otters learn from their mothers how to eat crabs without getting pinched by first pulling off and eating the legs.  Sea otters must eat up to 25% of their body weight … Continue reading

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Our 10 Favorite Photos of 2014

Our 10 favorite photos of 2014 (in no particular order) are… 1) Artists Palette at Sunset, Death Valley, California The sunset cooperated quite nicely for this photo, with the clouds lighting up in a brilliant display of pinks and yellows.  … Continue reading

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Sea Otter in Eelgrass

This sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is resting comfortably in eelgrass (Zostera marina), which is a type of seagrass in the Elkhorn Slough (an estuary in Moss Landing, CA).  Eelgrass is important for combating global warming by soaking up carbon dioxide … Continue reading

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Humpback Whale Breach!

  A humpback whale breaches in Monterey Bay!  Humpback whales may breach for a variety of reasons.  It may be that the whales are happy or playful, as rescuers who have cut whales free of fishing nets have observed lots … Continue reading

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Common Murre

                                  The common murre (Uria aalge) is a medium-sized seabird, found along the Pacific coast, from California to the Arctic.  It can also be … Continue reading

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Humpback Whales Lunge Feeding

Humpback whales frequently work together when lunge feeding.  They corral the fish into a tight bait ball and then speed upwards with their giant mouths open, filtering both fish and water through their baleen.  There are 5 humpback whales in … Continue reading

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Humpback Whale Lunge Feeding

These humpback whales were lunge feeding in the Monterey Bay.  Lunge feeding is when whales work together to try to corral the fish into one area and then they swim upwards at high speeds through the fish, with their mouths … Continue reading

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