This is a late report of the pelagic trip from Fort Bragg on May 13. Matthew
Matthiessen already reported a bird list, but the following list is a
compilation from the leaders of the trip who were: Jim Danzenbaker, Tristan
McKee, Peter Pyle, Debra Shearwater, Linda Terrill, and Scott Terrill.
There were 25 participant aboard the "Trek II," skippered by Rick Thornton.
The trip ran from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Weather was mostly sunny, Beaufort
1-2.5. It was a very pleasant day. Fewer birds were found offshore. We
visited a new area for usthe Vizcaino Canyon, along with Vizcaino Knoll,
and Noyo Canyon. We spent a considerable amount of time over the 1,000
fathom line. Highlights of the trip included the 322 Black-footed and 3
Laysan Albatrosses, 15 Long-tailed Jaegers, and the offshore Bottlenose
Dolphin. Everyone was hoping, of course, for a Pterodroma, especially as a
Mruphy's Petrel had just been found on the May 11th Bodega Bay trip only 27
miles offshore. The trip was organized by Debra Shearwater/Shearwater
Journeys. Our next trips are scheduled for Aug. 18, Sept. 5 and 18. Local
discounts are available.
Laysan Albatross-3 or 4
Baird's Beaked Whale-7-11
Pacific White-sided Dolphin-350
Northern Right Whale Dolphin-50
Bottlenose Dolphin (offshore type)-1
Northern Fur Seal-1
Steller's Sea Lion-1
California Sea Lion -x