Archive for September 26th, 2009

Albert Bay, Santa Cruz Isl

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Albert Bay has been home for almost a week. We anchored in the center of this idyllic bay with a two-point anchor spread to keep our head into the swell and we’ve seen no reason to leave.  We get a light east breeze during the day and at night, a delicious warm land breeze infused with sage, eucalyptus and occasionally skunk. The skunks are a mystery, maybe they fight on the beach after the bars let out. Its dark, I’m not checking.

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Half the time we’ve had the place to ourselves, the sole guests of our friends on the shallow kelp rocks two boat lengths astern.

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Without the ship’s naturalist we’re guessing at their names but…

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clearly a Bluefish

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in another ocean, we would have called this a Cow Nose Ray

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A sculpin-shaped rock imitator.

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A wee anemone in the holdfast of a kelp.

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Wee yellow schoolers in a kelp garden

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Wee yellowtailed blue schoolers in a kelp garden

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We know these as: Sardinyweenies

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Grunnions? Juvenile Sardinyweenies? Who knows?

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This nudibranch was searching for the seabush to his left  using his highly developed sense of chance…

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so that he could wreak havoc on its delicious soft coraline goodness, leaving a black trail of nudibranch death and carnage! If they only had better eyes these little blue and orange jellybellies would rule the world.

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Anemones with sand in their mouths. It must be awful.

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These characters had less of a school and more of a loose affiliation.

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It hasn’t always been sunny, but a bit of fog makes the hot days better.

33°58.30’N 119°42.00’W 25-Sep-09 20:30 PDT