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April Pelagic Trips

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  • Don DesJardin
    Second Annual Murphy s Petrel Pelagic Trips If you are looking for that ultimate pelagic trip, here s your opportunity, and there are still spaces available.
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 14, 2004
      Second Annual Murphy's Petrel Pelagic Trips

      If you are looking for that ultimate pelagic trip, here's your opportunity,
      and there are still spaces available. Following last years trips, during
      which we observed over 90 Murphy's Petrels during two trips, the "Searcher"
      will again run two, five day pelagic journeys out of San Diego on 21 - 25
      April and 28 April - 2 May. These multi-day trips are designed to visit
      southern California's offshore shelves and seamounts. Special efforts will
      be made to find Pterodroma petrels, albatrosses, and tropicbirds, but a
      good variety of regular pelagic birds will also be encountered. The
      "Searcher" departs at noon on day 1 and return at 8:00am on day 5. We will
      travel north out of San Diego along the coast during the night and arriving
      inside the northern most of the Channel Islands, San Miguel, at daybreak.
      From there, the plan is to continue northwest until reaching the southern
      end of Arguello Canyon and then take a turn down wind and down swell to the
      Rodriguez Seamount, San Juan Seamount, and points along, and past the
      continental shelf. The exact itinerary will vary based on the leaders' and
      captain's judgments about bird abundance and weather conditions. Our
      comfortable live-aboard is equipped with excellent sleeping accommodations,
      hot showers, and a full galley, which would be more than glad to
      accommodate any special dietary requirement.

      Highlights from spring 2003 included Murphy's Petrels, Laysan and
      Black-footed Albatross, Pink-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater,
      Black-vented Shearwater, Black Storm-petrel, Ashy Storm-petrel, Leach's
      Storm-petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, all 3 jaegers, Arctic Tern, Sabine's
      Gull, Xantus's Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, and Cassin's Auklet. Other
      possibilities include Cook's Petrels (several Cook types were seen
      distantly spring 2003), Stejneger's Petrel, Mottled Petrel. Dark-rumped
      Petrel, Bulwer's Petrel (1 in September 2003) and Red-tailed Tropicbird (1
      in September 2003).

      Although the primary focus will be on finding birds, a variety of marine
      mammals may also be encountered. Species observed in 2003 included Blue
      Whale, Fin Whale, Humpback Whale, Sperm Whale, Baird's Beaked Whale, Orca,
      Short-beaked Common Dolphin, Long-beaked Common Dolphin, Risso's Dolphin,
      Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Northern Right-whale Dolphin, Risso's Dolphin,
      Northern Elephant Seal, Harbor Seal, California Sea Lion, and Guadalupe Fur

      Walter Wehtje and Mary Scott put together a very good photo essay about the
      April 24-28, 2003 pelagic trip. If interested, you may view it at:


      Dates of 2004 trips: April 21-25, April 28- May 2, Sep 8-12
      Cost: $750 (includes all food and beverages, excludes crew gratuity).

      **If one trip isn't enough to satisfy your craving for pelagics and
      saltwater, there is a special 2 trip package. Pay for the first trip, and
      enjoy the second trip for half price. This would be great opportunity to
      take a break between trips and bird around San Diego, Southern California,
      or visit another body a saltwater, the Salton Sea.**

      For more information on these and future trips, feel free to contact me
      directly, or:
      Searcher Natural History Tours
      2838 Garrison Street
      San Diego, California 92106 USA
      Phone: (619) 226-2403
      Fax: (619) 226-1332

      San Buenaventura, California, USA
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