female swimming around and fouraging in Moss Landing Harbour
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One of a large flock along the beach at Moss Landing at the base of the North Jetty. This one was getting ready to eat a large female Pacific Sand Crab (Emerita analoga). When the gull turned its head I could see masses of orange eggs on its underside
Pacific Rock crab
This distant Sea Otter caught my attention because I saw it manipulating something large and white while floating on its back on the surface. In my binoculars I saw that it was a diamond shaped flatfish with barring on the fins. After reviewing several guide to the region's fish, I feel very confident that it was a Starry Flounder (Platichthys stellatus). Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any pictures that others could definitively use to ID this species as its prey, but I believe it is clear that it is eating a fish.
Exhibiting tool use while foraging
My first Nudibranch! Thanks to Ken-ichi for the ID.