FREEPORT PELAGIC July 19 to 21, 1998

Aboard   the M/V Fling
Subject: July 20 Freeport  PelagicDate:   Tue, 21 Jul 1998 23:10:45 -0500From:   Russell GrahamSince   many of you have asked me privately, I thought I would post one response to   the entire list.

Pelagic birds seen:

Audubon’s Shearwaters,

Leach’s Storm-Petrels

Band-rumped Storm-Petrels,

Masked Booby

Bridled Terns

Sooty Terns

Marine animals:

Loggerhead Turtle

Bryde’s Whale

Bottle-nosed Dolphins

The boat is VERY comfortable, fast and maneuverable. The gracious crew never stop   serving food and an assortment of refreshments are always available. I’ve   been on numerous pelagic trips and the sun deck of the M/V Fling is one of   the best observation platforms I’ve encountered.

I can’t wait until September!

Russell Graham

Texas Ornithological Society

Carrollton,  TX

Subject: RBA Texas 7/23/98

Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 07:02:02

Magnificent Frigatebird

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel* Texas Review Species

Audubon’s Shearwater* Texas Review Species

Masked Booby

Sooty Tern

Bridled Tern* Texas Review Species

The pelagic trip out of Freeport the 20th was very smooth and produced almost 100   SOOTY TERNS (Sterna fuscata), some BRIDLED TERNS* (Sterna anaethetus),   BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL* (Oceanodroma castro), AUDUBON’S SHEARWATER*   (Puffinus lherminieri), and a MASKED BOOBY (Sula dactylatra). There were bottlenose dolphins riding the bow wave and a loggerhead turtle but the most spectacular find was a curious 40 foot Bryde’s Whale (pronounced “breuder’s” after a Norwegian who built the first whaling station in Durban, South Africa in 1913). This is probably the only baleen whale that resides in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dwight  Peake

Link to Photo Gallery: All photography copyrighted ©Garett Hodne 1998.

OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS for July 20, 1998

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