PORT O’CONNOR PELAGIC June 28, 1997

Aboard   the Chip XI
Subject: Pelagic trip   results

Date:   Sun, 29 Jun 1997 19:32:59

From:   Bob Doe

The 28   Jun 97 pelagic trip out of Port O’Connor was great! Although a little choppy   in the morning, by noon the wind had calmed down so the afternoon had seas of   only 1-3 ft.

Birds   were good. Most species occurred more than once during the trip and presented   good, prolonged views, frequently close to the boat. Birds seen were:

Magnificent   Frigatebird

Bridled   Tern (including one flock of approximately 60!)

Sooty   Tern

Band-rumped   Storm-petrel (surprisingly common, probably 20+ seen)

Leach’s   Storm Petrel

Masked   Booby

Cory’s   Shearwater

Also  seen were several species of dolphins and a sea turtle. The highlight of the   trip may have been the pod of Spinner Dolphins that swam with the boat for   several minutes. The pod included a couple of very young animals swimming   with their mothers.

Additional   trips are scheduled for July, August and September. These trips are not ferry   rides: you are on the water for 16 hours and go well over 60 miles offshore,   where you are subjected to the wind and waves, and sun and heat. But they are   a wonderful way to experience the open ocean and potentially see birds and   other animals that you will not see in the wild on shore. Cost for each of   the trips is $90.00.

BOB   DOE

OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS for June 28, 1997

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