Pelagic July 15, 2012
- Is this the trip we get a first for FL? There are a lot of possibilities based on what is in the Atlantic Ocean at this time of year.
Help us find a first!
Hi To all,
I am posting this notice with the permission of the Listserv owner regarding a
pelagic trip out of Ponce de Leon Inlet on Sunday, July 15.
Join the Friends of the Marine Science Center on Sunday, July 15, for another
adventure off the east coast of Florida that will explore the entire width of
the Gulf Stream and the 3000’ deep canyons 100 miles offshore.
“The Pastime Princess” is a 100-foot, all-aluminum boat with excellent
observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. Meet for this exciting trip
at 3:00 a.m. at the Dolphin View Restaurant and Marina on Riverside Drive near
Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach. Return is at 9:00 p.m.
The trip leaves from the New Smyrna side of Ponce de Leon Inlet, travels out
over 100 miles, crosses the entire Gulf Stream, past the east wall of the Gulf
Stream into the area known as the “Tuna Grounds.” This trip holds high
probability of encountering exciting pelagic species. We will be in the Gulf
Stream at one of the best times to find White-tailed Tropicbird. In addition,
summer visitors such as Cory’s, Great and Audubon’s Shearwaters, and all
three Storm-Petrels (Leach’s, Wilson’s and Band-rumped) are possibilities.
There is also a good chance of also finding Black-capped Petrels.
Potential Species include (* indicates good probability):
Black-capped Petrel*; Cory’s Shearwater *; Great Shearwater *; Audubon’s
Shearwater *; Wilson’s Storm Petrel *; Leach’s Storm-Petrel; Band-rumped
Storm-Petrel *; Brown Booby*; Masked Booby; White-tailed Tropicbird*;
Red-billed Tropicbird; Sooty Tern*; Bridled Tern *; Brown Noddy
Participants should bring: food and beverages, seasickness medicine, sun screen
and personal items. Food service will be available on the boat for breakfast,
lunch and dinner at moderate prices.
Call or email NOW to reserve your space. Additional information and available
accommodations will be forwarded to participants. DON’T MISS this exceedingly
rare opportunity to bird in almost unexplored state waters, with the chance at
seeing some of the rarest birds in Florida!
To sign up please contact:
Marine Science Center
mbrothers AT co.volusia.fl.us
We have enough folks for the trip now, but we still have spaces available.
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL
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