reminded me of one I took 20+ years ago at the (then) spectacular BayOcean Shorebird Flats. (Attached). The fish was captured in one of the channels through the flats at low tide.
I'm sure many would prefer that Caspian Terns stick to sculpins.
Coincidentally, today I received the following email from my brother in San Jose.
"I heard a report on KCBS radio yesterday while driving. They said that during the past two weeks (and continuing still) the salmon run was spectacular. Most all pleasure boats were reporting they'd reached their limits on all trips. They went on to say that the California Department of Fisheries had actually been predicting a very poor year due to the major drought conditions three years ago. They were surprised. But it then went on to say that they believed they had figured out the reason. Three years ago they had been very worried that creek and river levels were too low for the hatchery-raised fingerlings to reach the ocean dependably. So instead of hatchery release, they had instead trucked the fingerlings down to the lower delta where it enters the bay and released them there. They believe that this massively improved the survival rate and this was the result."
Up here, historically, Caspian Terns have been 'controlled' and salmon smolts have been barged past many or all of the damns. I assume the barging was of hatchery fish but I don't know where they were released nor whether that practice continues.
Pardon the low resolution of this ancient slide scan. (The resolution is good enough however to show the dust specs on the slide).
PS The salmon smolt appears to be yelling for help, but it's not going to get it from the juvenile Western Gull.