Deep Water Pelagic Trip out of Long Beach
- Hi, All.
The American Cetacean Society has an all-day pelagic trip to the Cortez
and/or Tanner Banks aboard the "Condor Express" this Friday, November 12.
The trip will leave from the Catalina Express terminal next to the "Queen
Mary" in Long Beach at 8 a.m. and return approximately at 4 p.m. The cost
is $85 per person. Todd McGrath will be one of the leaders.
This trip is organized by "whale people," but whales hang out in the same
areas as birds do out there, and Todd will make sure we don't miss anything
with feathers. Past ACS trips have turned up two different Manx Shearwaters
in L.A. County, including the first county record, a Black-footed Albatross
in the San Pedro Channel and one in the Santa Barbara Channel, among others.
Cortez and Tanner Banks are a very promising area off our coast that is
severely under explored. It is getting late for Red-billed Tropicbird, but
we might get lucky, and the window for Red-tailed Tropicbird is just
opening. Leach's Storm-petrels should still be out there and November is a
good month for Laysan Albatross. This has been a good year for Flesh-footed
Shearwater and some might still be around. It is the best time for
Stejneger's Petrel, Cook's Petrel is still possible, and the window for
Mottled Petrel is just beginning to open. It is also a good time for many
species of alcids, including Ancient Murrelet. many of the species
mentioned here are mega rarities and not seen often, but we are visiting
the right area to have a shot at them.
The 75-foot "Condor Express" is a modern, comfortable and above all fast
catamaran normally based out of Santa Barbara. It will be running this trip
in conjunction with ACS's biannual conference held on the "Queen Mary" this
To register, visit the ACS website at
And don't forget, the "Condor Express" is running one more trip this season
to the Arguello Canyon area of the continental shelf on December 9. Leaders
are Todd McGrath, Brad Schramm, Dave Pereksta, Dave Compton and Don Des
Hope to see you on the boat.
San Pedro, CA