- Posted by: Radford Bean on 12/1/2016 02:23:43 PM
- Location: Monterey Bay, CA
- Photographer: Radford Bean
- Boat: Necky Elias
Paddlers come to Monterey Bay for the wildlife, especially to see rafts of sea otters, some with young pups on mothers' bellies, and humpback and gray whales. California sea lions will frolic near paddlers, while harbor seals keep a watchful eye on paddlers. Monterey Bay is also a birder's paradise. Birders can see brown and white pelicans, three species of terns, godwits, curlews, dowitchers, American avocets, great blue herons, and great egrets, just to name but a few. The best place to view sea otters is in the Elkhorn Slough. For an opportunity to see the whales, paddlers set out from Moss Landing. The reason for such a variety of wildlife is due to a deep submarine canyon that extends close to the coastline, providing nutrient-rich water that supports the vast wildlife. The best time to visit the area is September and October when the winds are typically light, the weather is warm and usually sunny, and there's little coastal fog.