Off Soberanes Point, two individuals
At least a dozen whales were feeding in the late afternoon in and around Cypress Cove. All of these photos were taken from shore!
While planted fairly commonly as an ornamental, only two native groves of this cypress exist, both within a few miles of one another near the south end of Monterey Bay; Point Lobos and Cypress Point.
or sardines? or something different entirely?
Beards of Lace lichen were extremely common hanging off the lower branches of the Monterey Pines.
While widely planted as an ornamental and used as a timber tree in the Southern Hemisphere, the Monterey Pine is native to only three, small, isolated patches along the central California coast while a second variety is known from a pair of small islands off of Baja California. The Monterey Peninsula, including Point Lobos, is on of those three naturally occurring populations.
Found in rocky intertidal; 24mm length.
Found in rocky intertidal; 15mm length.
Found in rocky intertidal; 13mm length.
Found in rocky intertidal, 18mm length.
Found in rocky intertidal; 16mm length.
Found in rocky intertidal; 19mm & 22mm length.
Found in rocky intertidal; 26mm length.
Ever get the feeling you are being stared at?
These crabs are about 5 inches across
Ignore the poison oak leaves in the photo.
Second photo has better focus.
First photo for size.
About 2 pounds, 18 inches long.