About 8 feet long. Multiple whitish spots on head. Maybe a Salmon Shark instead of a Great White Shark, but those are the two most likely species to be found here, with this fin profile. We were able to eliminate any other likely species to be found here like Blue Shark, Thresher, Basking, and Mako.
Massive swarms of seaweed flies were covering the wracks of kelp on the beach. These individuals were identified (out of the five described California species) by their large size, overall coloration, and the row of conspicuous spines along the costal margin of the wings.
Massive swarms of seaweed flies were covering the wracks of kelp on the beach. These individuals were identified (out of the five described California species) by their small size, overall color pattern, and rufous-tinged tibiae.
Jaegers are piratic seabirds that regularly feed by harassing other birds until they release their prey or regurgitate it. They can be difficult to identify and show a complicated array of plumages.
Parasitic Jaegers are sleeker bodied than Pomeraine Jaegers with slim, sharply-pointed central tail feathers.
Western Snowy Plovers (Charadrius n. nivosus) are small, federally threatened shorebirds that breed on open sandy beaches and lakeshores. We are fortunate enough in Monterey County to have a small year-round population that nest on our beaches and coastal dunes. Unfortunately, these small birds are susceptible to predation, disturbance, and nest destruction as their eggs are nearly invisible against the sand.
With the hints of red still on its bill and pouch, but with its white neck, this California Brown Pelican is an adult in non-breeding plumage.