Enjoying Embiotocids at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

I was lucky enough to get a couple hours at the Monterey Bay Aquarium recently – spent the whole time staring at embiotocids. It was a great opportunity to connect with surfperches I don’t often get to see in the surf zone of my home waters in northern Oregon. Some of them don’t range as…

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Surfperch Camouflage Meets its Match with Terns

The first thing I thought about when I cam across Dave Morro Bay Keeling’s photo of an elegant tern with its catch was visual predation in the surf zone. On my home beaches, I frequently see terns, during the warmer months, mostly Caspians, cruising the surf zone. Occasionally one feints as though it’s seen something…

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Surfperch Summit

Last fall, Karen Crow contacted Luis Rocha, Giacomo Bernardi , Mike Westphal, and me about joining her ichthyology class for some trawls in Monterey Bay aboard the R/V Point Sur. Mike, Karen, Giacomo, and I think about surfperch all the time, but this was our first summit. I was excited when we headed out early on October…

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