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About westcoastwilds

This site is meant to share the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and educate people about mankind's stewardship obligations now that we have complete control of the planet. To date we've made a mess of it, but there is still hope.

Is this the smartest pelican on the West Coast?

In the winter of 2009-2010 West Coast populations of small schooling fish, the principal food of brown pelicans, crashed. These large, regal and elegant birds, a population battling their way back from DDT poisoning at the hand of man, died … Continue reading

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Chasing Mavericks

Chasing Mavericks I just saw the trailer for Chasing Mavericks, it’s a movie about Jay Moriarity, the big wave surfer from Santa Cruz that opens next Friday, on October 26, 2012. I was surprised to see so much of the … Continue reading

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Puffing Pigs

I was paddling through kelp just outside the breakwater in Half Moon bay when I heard something breathe, but it was an unusual sound. It was not a place I expected to hear a seal, so I stopped and tried … Continue reading

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Tangled up in blues

Whales that is, but not literally. Tuesday was an amazing day for whales in Monterey. There were at least a dozen blues feeding on krill just in one small area of Monterey Bay. And there were two or three times … Continue reading

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Osprey Fishing

Last Sunday I happened on a group of Osprey working the eel grass beds between Nick’s and Hog island on Tomales bay. It was a strong minus tide, so the water was very shallow. The mid day light was less … Continue reading

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Friendly White Pelicans

I ran into a somewhat friendly group of white pelicans last weekend on Tomales bay. I see whites almost exclusively in flocks, only rarely singularly. Unlike browns, they usually keep their distance from humans. One thing I have learned about … Continue reading

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More Wind Means More Whales

Sailboat racers, windsurfers and those of us who appreciate marine life in Northern California welcome our seasonal northwest winds, they can start as early as April but more typically in May. Their arrival signals the start of our ocean upwelling … Continue reading

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