At first glance, I assumed this was a female Hooded Oriole, but upon closer inspection of the photo and consultation with local experts, we now agree that this is a female-type Orchard Oriole. the bill is much shorter than that of a Hooded, the underparts are a bright yellow, instead of paler belly and grayish flanks on the Hooded. The tail length of the Orchard is shorter and more squared off than the Hooded. This is an exciting backyard bird for me!
One Humpback Whale off Half Moon Bay today, beyond the pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. The second photo shows a dolphin in the foreground for size reference. The whale was pretty far out and I was not able to get any decent photos of it.
8-10 small fish under the dock. Fish were about 5-6" long with white-spotted backs and yellow tails. They fit the description of Yellowtail Rockfish, but I don't know enough to make the id.
One of the biggest ones I've ever seen came up with the rope I was pulling on.
Just a few small patches of these.
Huge base, about 4 inches across. It was the only Plumose Anemone I saw here.
Octocoral id per Lamb, pg 90. It's as close as I could find. This was a very dense patch growing on the shady side of a dock. It was the only patch I could find. Total length of each polyp was about an inch.