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.