Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Elkhorn Slough

Today we moved to a different part of Monterey Bay. First we cruised past Capitola, a very cute beach town near Santa Cruz. Then we set a course for Moss Landing, midway around the bay toward Monterey. The big attraction here is Elkhorn Slough, an important coastal wetland for birds and marine mammals. After tieing up at the marina, our friend Marfa drove down from Santa Cruz to join us for a dinghy ride up the slough. We saw sea otters, seals, sea lions, grebes, cormorants, both gray and white pelicans, and a wide variety of shore birds. At two spots there were groups of more than 20 sea otters floating close together.


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