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It's starting to get light before the alarm goes off at 5 am. Solstice approaches!

Lots of wildlife on the BAP (Berkeley Aquatic Park) this morning. The geese didn't leave much poop on the dock, so I didn't have to sweep, but there were (was?) a handful of mussel shells down at the end of the dock, left by gulls who land there to pry them apart and slurp up the tasty innards.

At the end of my first lap, I watched three white pelicans huddled together, bobbing their beaks underwater. I also noticed a number of white egrets, and one of the smaller heron varieties standing quietly along the shore.

Iz is out of town this week, so J showed up to row in her single instead, and together we made a plan to spend our third lap doing intervals of 90 seconds on, 30 seconds off. About 10 strokes into the first interval, I wound up in the middle of a flock of geese, and managed to hit two geese, one with either oar, at almost the exact same time. Urf! One stroke later, I hit a third goose. Come on, geese! Get it together! Of course I blamed J for sabotaging me. Other than that we got in some good work. J's faster than I am, but she only managed to creep up to my bow deck over the course of each 90-second segment.

We also watched a ray surface for a minute or two and stick its fins out of the water. I thought it was a seal at first, but didn't see any seal head, so I think J's right about it being a ray. She also rowed right over it and probably got a better view.

I think I also saw a white, translucent jellyfish hovering in the algae.

Maybe I should start bringing a camera out with me.



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Jun. 14th, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Rays absolutely live in the Bay! Since the channel to Lake Merritt was cleaned and opened up there are now rays in that area regularly. They're so beautiful and graceful.

I had to smile with remembrance at your light-in-the-morning comment since I've been in both places and remember the difference very well! . Boston is at the east edge of Eastern Time and SF is at the west edge of Pacific Time...so pre-dawn is around 4 am currently (wakes me up some days) but you all are getting the endless summer sunsets. :)
Jun. 14th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, one of the paddlers who is usually out early has said he's seen sharks and rays in the BAP. It's easier to see things from a stand-up paddleboard than a rowing shell. I actually find it somewhat disconcerting to see things below the water surface.

I don't remember being quite so responsive to light in Lincoln, even though Lincoln's at 40 degrees N and Berkeley's at 37 degrees N. Seattle's at 47, compared to Boston's 42. I was much further south for a good 13 years, there!
Jun. 14th, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
Those waterproof phone cases (like a clear drybag)are not that expensive, and you can take photos through them.
Jun. 14th, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
Those waterproof phone cases are not that expensive, and you can take photos through them.
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