MARINE SPECIES OBSERVED IN 2020

Rare sightings:

Brown Pelican (Iceberg Point, flying, July 7, 2020)

Giant Barnacle (James Island, August 19, 2020)

Horned Puffin (May-August, 2020)

Sea otter (nea Minor Island, August 3, 2020)

Six-gill shark (injured, August 5, 2020)

Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Buckeye Shoal, mixed in a bait ball August 24, 2020 - Photo by Amanda Colbert)

Cetaceans:

Southern Resident orca *endangered

Bigg's orca

Humpback whale

Minke whale

Harbor Porpoise

 

Pinnipeds:

Harbor Seal

Steller Sea Lion

California Sea Lion

Birds (from boat):

Tufted Puffin *endangered (May-September)

Lone Horned Puffin (May-August)

Rhinoceros Auklet (May-September)

Common Murre (May-December)

Pigeon Guillemot (May-December)

Marbled Murrelet *endangered  (May-December)

Ancient Murrelet (October-December)

White-winged (August )

Red-necked Grebe (August, September)

Surf Scoter (August-December)

Harlequin Duck (May-DeceAugust,

Pacific Loon (May, August, September

Common Loon (May, August, September

Black Oystercatcher (May,

Red-necked Phalarope (May, August

Caspian Tern

Galucous-winged Gull (May, July, September,

Heermann's Gull (August, September ~300

Mew Gull (September,

Ring-billed Gull

Unknown Gull (September ~600)

California Gull (September,

Pelagic Cormorant (May, August, September

Double-crested Cormorant (May, August, September

Brandt's Cormorant (May,

Double-crested Cormorant

Bald Eagle (May,

Turkey Vulture

American Crow

Canada Goose (September)

Jelly fish:

Lion's Mane

Egg-yolk 

Comb

Intertidal organisms:

Acorn Barnacle

Beach hopper

Rockweed isopod

Purple shore crab

Green shore crab

Graceful decorator crab

Red rock crab

Pacific blue mussel

Pacific oyster

False jingle shell

Nuttall's cockle

Manila clam

Limpet

Periwinkle

Snail
Monterey sea lemon

Woody chiton

Mossy chiton

Painted anemone

Short plumose anemone

Six-legged seastar

Purple seastar

Six-legged seastar

Orange seacucumber

Flatworm

Ribbon worm

Polychaete

Gunnel

Sculpin

Sucker fish

Seaweed:

Rockweed

Sugar kelp

Bull kelp

Sea cauliflower

Sea lettuce

Turkish washcloth

Turkish towel
 

Native eelgrass

Picture credits Amanda Colbert, Betsey Thoennes, Eric Ellingson, Amy Eberling

Birds (from land):

Trumpeter Swan (December)

Northern Shoveler (December)

Gadwall (December)

Mallard (December)

Northern Pintail (December) 

Green-winged Teal (December)

Dunlin (December)

Gull sp. (December)

Great Blue Hearon (December)

Red-tailed Hawk (December)

Anna's Hummingbird (December)

American Coot (December)

Greater Yellowlegs (December)

Ring-billed Gull (December)

Glaucous-winged Gull (December)

Northern Harrior (December)

Bald Eagle (December)

Belted Kingfisher (December)

Northern Flicker (September, December)

Northern Shrike (December)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (December)

Marsh Wren (December)

Pine Siskin (December)

Dark-eyed Junco (December)

White-crowned Sparrow (December)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (December)

Song Sparrow (December)

Horned Lark (Skyline Marina, September 9, 2020)

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