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This little 3ft Blue shark (prionace glauca) was one of a dozen or so circling our
research boat on May 24. By the end of the day we had seen roughly twenty
individuals ranging from 2ft-5ft. Blue sharks can reach 13ft and weigh several
hundred pounds. They are quite curious and their persistent and sometimes bold
nature makes them excellent subjects for photography. CFC/PSRF
|May 24, 1997. It's early in the year for Blue sharks ( prionace glauca) but they
didn't seem to mind.
|March 27, 1997. These Orcas were observed in the Monterey Bay above the
Soquel Hole by Pelagic I. Part of a transient pod the whales in this clip are a young
adult female flanked by two sub adults. PSRF
|March 27, 1997. Part of the transient pod, this orca, CA44, also known as "Tab"
(because of the distictive tab on her dorsal fin) passes the bow of Pelagic I. Van
|March 27, 1997. Again, the same transient pod on maneuvers. Once these efficient
predators choose their pray the outcome is certainly in their favor. Van
|December 20, 1996. This clip shows clearly the sex of this 14ft Great White. The
absense of claspers tells us that this is a female. We were able to tag this particular
|December 20, 1996. Another shot of this female making a slow pass on Pelagic
|December 18, 1996. This impressive Great White shark (carcharadon carcharius)
was about 18ft and made our research boat (22ft) seem some how inadequate.
Even more impressive however is the ease and speed with which they can move.
We gave this one the name of Long Shanks because it was trailing about six or
seven feet of longlining gear hooked to its back. CFC/PSRF
|December 18, 1996. Our second shark on this day joined Long Shanks about 40
min. later. The young ones tend to be much bolder than their seniors. Close
inspection of the boats outdrive or even a nibble on the prop is not uncommon. A
possible explanation for this would be the electrical field given off by the zinc
anodes used to keep the metal prop from decaying. CFC/PSRF< /FONT FACE="Arial">
|December 18, 1996. What are you looking at? Long Shanks' young companion
comes in for a closer look. CFC/PSRF
|January 17, 1997. We were able to tag this 14ft female. This shark must have seen
a lot of action judging by the scars on her. CFC/PSRF
|January 5, 1997. Clips like this of dosal and caudial fins are valuable tools for
identifying individual White sharks (carcharadon carcharius). This shark was
aproximately 13-14ft long and our encounter was cut short by rapidly deteriorating
|Another good ID shot of our Jan. 5 White shark. CFC/PSRF
|Jelly fish can be abundant in the Monterey bay area. At times they seem to fill the
whole bay. This particular specimen was about 2.5ft wide and
about 4ft long. CFC/PSRF
|Large congregations of birds in a compact area are good indicators of misc.
predatory activities. CFC/PSRF
|Alien space craft on Jupiters second moon. CFC/PSRF