Hungry sea lion pup

I haven’t seen this too often in Monterey — a nursing sea lion pup. This afternoon while checking on the Brandt’s cormorants nesting on the breakwater, I heard a wailing plea. On the ocean side of the rocks… Read More

Seal pups arrive

The Monterey Bay Aquarium hosted its 12th annual Día del Niño/Day of the Child celebration today, and it seemed fitting that families walking to the aquarium witnessed another annual event — seal moms training new pups. On sheltered beaches throughout the… Read More

Cormorants rule

The cormorants have taken the breakwater (mostly) from the sea lions. In this photo of a Brandt’s cormorant, you can see the algae at the bird’s feet — the beginnings of a nest. All along the waterfront, cormorants… Read More

Young sea lions in distress

Young California sea lions have been in the news lately. Emaciated, dehydrated, hungry, and in some cases dying or dead, hundreds have appeared on the beaches and shorelines of southern California this year. (So far about 1,300 have… Read More

Sea lions vs. cormorants update

See my post on the fence blocking the view of the cormorants at Breakwater blues. The cormorants are gaining ground. Today while kayaking I spotted lots of courting birds, some mating and one early nester on the Monterey breakwater…. Read More