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Monterey in springtime, California sea lions

Summer is a great time of year for travelers visiting many places. Monterey, California is not necessarily one of those places that is best visited in summer. Don’t get me wrong. We love our summer tourist season. The weather is the warmest of the year with low 70s much of the time. The main problem…

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Sea otters and sea lions on a Monterey Bay February summery day

Friday, February 15 was a day around Monterey Bay to rival weather wise the best days of summer. The day tied the record high temperature at 77 degrees in Moss Landing near the center of Monterey Bay on the central coast of California. That was the official temperature and matched a record from 1977. I…

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Monterey in May means seal pups and humpback whales

Plentiful sunshine is a gift of Monterey in May. These are the weeks before peak summer tourism season days really ramp up and makes driving Highway 1 south to Carmel and Big Sur a drag for local residents. And these are the weeks before the peak summer fog days of June, July and August settle…

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Iceland seal population in rapid decline. Seal pup season in Monterey, California

Two weeks ago when I was in Iceland, I read the Icelandic harbour seal population has declined by 77% since 1980, when the first aerial seal count estimated a population at 33,000 animals. A 2011 census estimated 11,000 to 12,000 seals. The most recent aerial census in summer 2016 estimated 7,700 seals. Icelandic researchers state…

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In Monterey, January is gray whale watching season

One truism for my travels is I never feel too sad about coming back home to Monterey after a trip. The Monterey Peninsula region and central coast California is one of the world’s top tourist locations. Monterey and Carmel-by-the-sea attract a staggering number of visitors numbering in the millions for small towns with populations under…

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That season again…and not talking taxes

April is harbor seal pup season in Monterey County, California. The coast of Monterey is a great place for seeing marine life in the ocean without getting on a boat. My great fortune is I live here. January is grey whale migration when thousands of whales pass by Monterey on their way to breeding waters…

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SeaWorld Orlando and marine mammal intelligence on cue

SeaWorld Orlando was the site of one of the IPW 2015 Orlando convention evening events this week. All the photos in this article are my own photos from Central Coast California and SeaWorld Orlando performances. This week was the first time I saw a live Orca since 1966 when I was six years old and…

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My Monterey: April is seal pupping month, keep off their beaches

Loyalty Traveler is about enjoying life. Even more enjoyable than finding hotel discounts this week for my upcoming road trip from Jacksonville, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia have been the hours I spent on a beach cliff at Point Lobos Whalers Cove. Standing 20 feet above a sandy beach covered with 50 to 60 harbor seals,…

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