Babies, babies, and more babies!
Trip Start May 14, 2009
16Trip End May 29, 2009
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Breakfast was excellent, cooked by Melanie (our hostess) and served by her and the Captain of the safari. The Captain's Inn is their B&B. After breakfast, we walked over to the parking lot about 2 blocks away if that. The boat was full this morning, but well over half the customers were staying here at the Inn as well, so we got a little bit of a head start getting to know the Captain and the other passengers, and they were a fun group.
Our naturalist was Cody, a young man studying film and wildlife to become a wildlife documentarian someday, and he and the Captain put on a wonderful show for us.
They promised us wildlife, and boy did they deliver. Almost immediately off the dock, we saw a couple of sea lions. Then, we came around a pier, and saw a bunch of sea lions. Something like 100, on one small dock. They were piled two deep in places, and there were anything from old huge sea lions to small pups that were apparently about a year old.
As the safari continued, we came across dozens of sea birds, another pier absolutely covered with sea lions (the Captain counted about 300 of them...), then once we got into the slough itself a bit more and away from the population, we found the seals lining the shores. Again both adults and babies. Seals have the CUTEST smiles!
But my favorite of the trip were the otters. :D I was wearing my otter T-shirt and otter hat, and when they passed out counters for the guests to keep track of how many of each animal type we saw, I claimed otter. So, when we found the "raft" of otters (that's what a group of otters is called), the Captain came up and tapped me on the shoulder to come stand in the back where I could move around to get more pictures from better angles.
There were 41 otters, all males, in that one raft and all clustered together. A couple had moss or algae gathered on their bellies, making for cute pictures.
Then the next raft had the females and... BABIES!! There were at least two babies being carried on their momma's tummies. OH they were cute!
The safari was only 2 hours, but in those 2 hours there were over 450 sea lions, over 100 harbor seals, at least 63 otters, and several hundred birds. Then of course the fun Captain and Cody, who really made the show fun. They also made sure to get pictures of everyone on the boat who brought a camera, and the Captain even got one of me back with the raft of otters. :D
After the safari, we grabbed a relaxing lunch at the Haute Enchilada right on the way back, enjoying talking with a group of 6 ladies who had stayed in the Inn the night before, joined us for breakfast (of course), then were on the safari as well.
And that's pretty much all we did today. We came back to the room and got a much needed nap, and we're taking it easy tonight. A bit later, we MAY run into town and grab a hamburger. Even though Moss Landing is a town of its own, it's VERY small. Salinas is only about 10 miles away and they have a Carl's Jr there. I remember them having great burgers, so if we end up going anywhere it'll be there. But we may just stay in the room and make a dinner out of granola and such. It's important we rest up today, because our next real opportunity won't be until we get to Redding.
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