Posts Tagged ‘Monterey Bay’

Big America: Monterey to Barstow

Big America: Monterey to Barstow

Barstow, California. Today’s theme was energy. The first day of our cross-country road trip started with high hopes and enthusiasm along Monterey’s verdant Pacific coast. It ended in fatigue in the Mojave’s brown and bone-dry desert expanses. Boca, who’s doing all the driving on the trip, didn’t make it onto the Monterey Peninsula until around […]

My Friends, the Sea Lions

My Friends, the Sea Lions

Moss Landing, California. With the impending prospect of my leaving the Monterey Peninsula, and perhaps California altogether, I think what I might miss most of all are my lively Pinniped friends, the sea lions.  California sea lions Zalophus californianus are a nearly ubiquitous part of day-to-day life along the coast of Monterey. They occupy vacant wharfs, […]

When the Fog Clears

When the Fog Clears

Marina, California. Every year in the Monterey Bay as the summer fog season tapers off, jellies show up in massive numbers. The reason is pretty simple. The fog is generated by the summer sun hitting frigid cold water that bubbles up from the deep sea through a process called upwelling. This water from the deep […]


Upwelling's Foggy Disposition

Upwelling’s Foggy Disposition

Marina, California.  California’s Monterey Bay is home to one of the planet’s most active upwelling regions.  Seasonal winds moving across the ocean surface cause frigid-cold, nutrient-rich water to bubble up from the deep ocean.  This physical oceanographic process is largely responsible for the abundant wildlife that has made the Monterey Bay famous as a spectacular […]