Last week, I got to take my class out on the Monterey Bay. Thanks to the amazing O’Neill Sea Odyssey! I’d been reading about some spectacular sightings on recent pelagic trips. I figured that being out with 30+ 4th graders and their parents would minimize my luck in seeing rare pelagic birds. I was right. Nary a Tufted Puffin in sight.
However, right off the Santa Cruz Wharf and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, there was a school of fish –probably some sardines — drew in many species . . . gulls, cormorants, pelicans, sea lions, and a harbor seal or two. Wow, it was so cool.
Still would have liked seeing a Tufted Puffin, too! But, it was probably worth missing them to see the faces of the kids when they got to be on a boat . . . some of them for the first time!
By the way . . . O’Neill Sea Odyssey puts this amazing experience together . . . science, navigation, ecology for local kids for FREE! You can support this amazing program by checking out the events here!