Santa Cruz Finale – The Turbulent Coast

Sorry again for my irregular posting, I’m trying to do better and thank you for hanging in there with me.

Last set of shots from my July trip to Santa Cruz last year. I went down to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center but it was closed since I was a bit late in the day. They did have a nice trail along the coast and some outdoor displays though.

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This baleen whale skeleton was ginormous, but I’m not sure if it was a blue whale or not

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Some other whale bones on display

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This one was smaller and grey

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And even some whale fossils

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There was a researcher nearby making wind measurements

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And then the mighty pacific, can you spot the boat?

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Here it is a little closer

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The kelp beds of the monterey bay are world famous for their biodiversity

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These giant plants can grow a foot in one day

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Rolling in the waves

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The surf wasn’t very good, this was one of the better swells

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Mostly it was this choppy stuff

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Looking east down the coast towards town

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These tide pools are also full of life. Try to time your coastal visit with low tide and go explore (with sturdy shoes)

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A good crowd down at natural bridges state beach, there is a winter monarch butterfly habitat there, like at the UC Arboretum

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Very steep cliffs

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These two illegally went down that cliff into this dangerous area

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Yeah, these two. Maybe they were professionals, but the signs clearly posted against this

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Fun elephant seal sculpture

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Next up: Hagen-Daaz Honey Bee Haven

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