Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Pismo Pic Dump - Day 2
Velella, a form of jelly fish related to Portuguese Man-of-War, but without the nasty sting. The clear sail, made of something stiff, helps propel them across the ocean, but often results in their stranding on beaches in droves.
Brown Pelican stops for a snack. There is a large shcool of baitfish off shore (probably anchovy) that the Pelicans, and huge flocks of Sooty Shearwaters congregate to eat. We also see plenty of whale spouts (and more rarely their backs), and dolphins
Heermann's Gull, one of the abundants gulls here, snacking on a Sand or Mole Crab it found swimming in the surf. I hate to think about zall the sand crabs I tormented as a child.
Surfing is popular around the Pismo Pier. However, you don't surf there because you're good at it, you surf there because it's easy, and you can rent a board nearby.
While this one checks her phone as she waits.
By now the sun was out, and we walked back to the Seacrest on the streets, checking out the gardens.
Very few butterflies out and about, but I did spot this skipper. A Fiery Skipper perhaps?