Phone is acting up. Battery is drained. This may be it for the live blog today.
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|Just a big lake really.|
|Harbor seals eagerly await our arrival.|
|The abs were less enthusiastic about our return.|
|My abalone ceviche' ws ready to eat.|
|Leah fried up some bacon for the BLAATs|
|BLAAT (Bacon, Lettuce, Abalone, Avocado, Tomato) assembly line.|
|On sourdough bread, simply the finest sandwich known to man.|
|Fri 1||2:32 AM PDT / 4.45 ft||8:52 AM PDT / 1.21 ft||3:30 PM PDT / 5.28 ft||9:55 PM PDT / 1.89 ft||6:15 AM PDT||8:26 PM PDT|
|Sat 2||3:28 AM PDT / 4.06 ft||9:32 AM PDT / 1.64 ft||4:10 PM PDT / 5.39 ft||10:56 PM PDT / 1.64 ft||6:16 AM PDT||8:25 PM PDT|
|Sun 3||4:40 AM PDT / 3.74 ft||10:19 AM PDT / 2.07 ft||4:56 PM PDT / 5.53 ft||First Quarter||6:17 AM PDT||8:23 PM PDT|
|Ab in the wild|
|Harbor seal checks us out. Again.|
|An unusual sight...|
|A Mola Mola in the cove!|
Unusual sea creatures sail back to Monterey Bay
"SANTA CRUZ -- Helpless in the wind and sounding like a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, velella velellas have returned to the Monterey Bay in droves... Warmer water is bringing other unusual sights, including more sightings of long-beaked common dolphins, Cummings said. Black said she's also seeing more Risso's dolphins, joining the bay's resident Pacific white-sided dolphin, which prefers cooler temperatures. Black also has seen another odd sight: sunfish, or mola molas, have been gobbling up velella velellas (which is a mouthful, so to speak). "I've never seen a sunfish eating a by-the-wind-sailor in all my 28 years," Black said..."
"Sunfish are most often found in water warmer than 10 °C (50 °F); prolonged periods spent in water at temperatures of 12 °C (54 °F) or lower can lead to disorientation and eventual death. Researchers theorize that surface basking behaviour, in which a sunfish swims on its side, presenting its largest profile to the sun, may be a method of "thermally recharging" following dives into deeper, colder water.Others point to sightings of the fish in colder waters outside of its usual habitat, such as those southwest of England, as evidence of increasing marine temperatures... Sea lions appear to hunt sunfish for sport, tearing the fins off, tossing the body around, and then simply abandoning the still-living but helpless fish to die on the seafloor..."