Got to Hopkins a little after seven o'clock this morning and boy were things in full swing. Above is a picture of the Black Oystercatchers (BLOY) squabbling over territory. Probably MB7 and MB14 based on where they came from and went back to afterwards. They are in pairs usually when they are flying. This is home territory for the MB7 pair and they are chasing MB14 out. Something that they will be doing frequently this next month as they get ready to pick a nesting site.
Below is the harbor seal that began her labor at about 0730. She would disappear in the water soon after this and not come back out until around 1130 before giving birth at 1230. She has moss on over her back.
I tried to look up why there would be moss on their backs but did not find anything about it. My guess is that they spend so much time laying on rocks like the one in the background of this picture, that is gets on their bodies as well. I do not know if it has permeated down to the new skin the seals will have in a few months when they go through their catastrophic molt. During the molt, they will loss all their skin and hair. Check on later blogs to see the pup from this seal.
Then up pops a gray whale heading around the Bay on it's northern migration route. This one did not seem to be diving very deep at all and was only occasionally making spouts for us to see. However, he was just past the rocks at Hopkins. Many people do not get to see them this close on a whaleboat.