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Sunday, February 8, 2009
White's Gulch 2/4/09
Well, 'round the Hog we went. It was a short morning adventure, as we had to be back before lunch, and a gorgeous day on Tomales Bay greeted us. Today the group was high school students from SF, a teacher, and myself, the guide. The fog lifted leaving blue skies with white clouds streaking over the bay. Out on the bay there were rafts of buffleheads, a few red breasted mergansers, a pair of loons, and some brown pelicans with their mating colors. The moon jellies were everywhere in the water beneath us, their translucent purple seen below the surface. We stopped on the western side of Hog Island to stretch our legs and have a snack. The tide was low enough to see aggregate anemones, sea urchins, limpets, chitons, and both bat stars and ochre stars. As we started back towards our launch site we were followed by a harbor seal who kept popping up on either side of our group. All in all a good wildlife day paddling on the bay.