Wanderings: Kayaking in Monterey Bay

Sea lions chasing each other around our kayak (and splashing us!)

Sea lions chasing each other around our kayak (and splashing us!)

Early one cool, golden morning, we headed down to the beach to explore Monterey Bay by kayak.  It was a little breezy, but the water was glassy and calm, and our wetsuits kept us perfectly warm.  I expected to see harbor seals and sea lions, and was surprised by just how many animals we saw.  I only got photos of a few of them, but altogether we saw sea lions, harbor seals, otters with pups, dolphins, sea nettles, starfish, a sea hare, cormorants, pelicans, and small octopus.  Our guide was thrilled about the octopus as it was the first one he’d ever seen there and couldn’t recall hearing of a sighting in three or four years.

Our amazing guide, Alex, from Monterey Bay Kayaks was incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and clearly loved his job.  Alex was careful to keep us a safe distance from the birds and mammals (for their safety), but many of them seemed just as curious about us and swam over to check us out–and occasionally give us a good splashing.

Starfish

Starfish

Sea lion

Sea lion

California sea hare releasing ink

California sea hare releasing ink

Sea lion diving beneath our kayaks

Sea lion diving beneath our kayaks

Great day out on the water

Great day out on the water

These cormorants popped out of deep water next to us, then completely disappeared twenty seconds later

These cormorants popped out of deep water next to us, then completely disappeared twenty seconds later

Lounging sea lions

Lounging sea lions

Ghostly harbor seals checking us out from below

Ghostly harbor seals checking us out from below

A sea nettle among the kelp forests

A sea nettle among the kelp forests

Happy kayaker

Happy kayaker

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2 Comments on “Wanderings: Kayaking in Monterey Bay

    • It was awesome and not very expensive. I liked having the guide because he knew lots of the non-obvious places to look for marine life, but you can just rent a kayak and its even more affordable. Next time we’ll probably just go out on our own.

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