Date: 7/31/20 10:59 pm From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Monterey pelagics - we are on. Info and some details.
I hope you are all well, safe and staying healthy. I wanted to mention that our first Monterey pelagic trip is on Aug 14. We have been operating pelagic trips out of Half Moon Bay under county guidance for keeping us safe during this pandemic. We will be using similar protocols in Monterey, where whale watching has been happening for a few weeks now. First of all, we will be at less than half of total numbers the boat capacity, mandatory masks, and encouraging people to be outside as opposed to inside the cabin, in addition to protocols for cleaning, and sanitizing. For the Aug 14 trip we are currently scheduled on the Sea Wolf, a larger boat than the Pt. Sur Clipper facilitating social distancing given the reduced number of clients on the trip. We have had to temporarily increase prices while this process is happening. Note that 8 hour trips (Aug 23) is shorter and less expensive than the Albacore trips.
But enough of the realities, let's dream a little! There has been some warm water offshore, reaching 62 F at the outer buoy in Monterey recently. Also Bluefin Tuna have been around, which is unusual. A sign that there has been a northward movement of southern creatures. We found a Nazca Booby on the Farallon Islands, and 5 Brown Boobies have been there, suggesting this could be a good booby year offshore. As well, farther north some great activity has been happening birdwise, and we expect that offshore Monterey is likely equally interesting. We will be the first birding boat out this season and we are looking forward to it. Baird's Beaked Whales were seen offshore recently, always a good sign. We have great hopes and that tingling excitement of the unknown and possibilities for our Monterey trips this August. We hope that some of you may be able to join us this year. To book a spot, and remember they are limited this year, please go to our website: