Al the Albatross update
- Hi everyone;
There has been much speculation around the Arena Cove as to why Al
sightings have been so sporadic this winter; he has been away
seemingly about as often as he has been here... yesterday and today's
events might provide a clue. There have been Sea Otter (not River
Otter) sightings of late, and yesterday several people saw Al being
attacked by a sea otter; he was able to fight it off... and today
our Harbor Master was lucky enough to get a picture of a sea otter
attacking a cormorant and ripping it to pieces... I attached a fairly
graphic pic to this email, but if I remember correctly there is some
reason why that won't work... if anyone wants me to send them the pic
so they can post it please do so. The pics that followed in this
sequence were pretty gruesome; nature in all its splendor. Also,
Peter Bogdahn, the Harbor Master told us that the only other time he
has seen a Sea Otter in the Cove was in the 90's when he worked on an
urchin boat and the kelp beds were gigantic as they are this
year. Also, there has been a family of River Otters living in the
creek here for years with nary a problem; as the pic shows, the otter
in question is much lighter in color than our local River Otters.
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