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Harbor Seal

In Harbor and Bay, Mammals, Mudflats, Open Beaches, Slough Life, Tidal Channels by Administrator

Main channel, sandy beaches, mudflats Harbor seals are “true seals” and must move on land by flopping along on their bellies. Harbor seals are found north of the equator in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the northeast Pacific, they range from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. They favor near-shore coastal waters and are often seen at sandy beaches, …

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Snowy Plover

In Birds, Coastal Dunes, Mudflats, Open Beaches, Slough Life by Administrator

High intertidal flats, salt ponds Snowy Plovers lay their eggs directly on bare sand, just above the intertidal zone. The Snowy Plover is a fluffy, pale, sparrow-sized shorebird. Besides Elkhorn Slough, it is native to the Pacific coast from Washington state to Mexico. It can be identified from other similar shorebirds by the dark patches on the sides of its …

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Brown Pelican

In Birds, Harbor and Bay, Open Beaches, Slough Life, Tidal Channels by Administrator

© Mike Kelley Monterey Bay, Beaches, Harbor, mudflats and open waterways. Pelicans can live to be over 30 years old. With a wing span of nearly 79 inches, the Brown Pelican is hard to miss. it can be seen along the beaches and open water, gliding effortlessly close to the waves, and diving from great heights for food. Being the …