Our spectacular bay . . .

28 Sep

School of sardines (probably)

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!

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