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We’ve also had extraordinary viewing of sea otters this fall down in Elkhorn Slough. Plenty of space on our scheduled kayaking trips December through January 2013. Teachers, you still have ample time to get your students on a naturalist-led field trip to kayak among our seals and sea otters of the Slough.

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Join Blue Water Ventures as we search for whales abd wildlife in the incredible Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!

Here’s what happened today, May 6th 2012

Took my neighbors out for a early morning paddle to check out our local sea otters when we encountered 2 mama gray whales and their babies resting in the kelp beds off of West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 

Our first encounter really caught us off guard as a baby whale surface 25 feet from our boat. We had just been enjoying activity off of seal rock when a baby whale popped up without any warning. Very incredible! 

We quickly backed up, tapping our boat letting the youngster know our location.

As we were heading back towards Cowels Cove, two more gray whales suddenly appeared without any warning as seen in this video. They seemed to be resting in the kelp beds and clearly spyhopped to check us out.

Whales are known to raise their heads out of the water to take a look around, a behavior referred to as spyhopping. They may have been intrigued by not only us, but the surfers who were just beyond the whales.

What an amazing day and its not even noon!

 

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Join Blue Water Ventures every february in Baja  as we explore the underwater world of  gray whales and other marine wonders.  We’ll seek eye to eye encounters with California gray whales, snorkel with sea lions and offer an opportunity to swim with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark.

 

For centuries, California gray whales  have traveled 10,000 miles round trip between their summer feeding grounds in Alaska and their winter breeding/calving grounds in the Pacific lagoons of Baja. Traveling in small skiffs into Magdalena Bay, we will wait for the whales to approach us. Close encounters are a common occurrence and quite thrilling. Naturalist-led beach hikes and kayaking excursions through the mangroves of Magdalena Bay will also be offered. In the ruggedly beautiful Espiritu Santos Island in the Sea of Cortez we will kayak, snorkel, fish, hike and relax from our dramatically scenic beach camp. At both sites, we have the comfort and ease of boat supported base camps.


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As I pack up for our upcoming Baja Adventure, I reflect upon what an amazing year we had in 2011. There were so many outstanding highlights some captured in these photos. I have led trips to Caribbean Reefs for decades and was extreme tidepooling as a kid long before I coined the term. What fuels my soul are the people who join my Blue Water adventures.

Taking 10 year olds snorkeling with eye level views of sea otters or plunging into a Sierra stream is pure bliss, medicine for the soul. I’ve shared Elkhorn Slough with wonderful families who really care about the ecological wonders of one of California’s last wetlands.

My trips for women are more like adventures with great friends. I feel so lucky to have an amazing following of women, many who return for every adventure I throw their way. We have spent a day underground kayaking below the Belizean rain forest, snorkeled at night with bioluminescence draped over the reef, sailed the blue and thrown ourselves off granite rocks in the Sierras. Its been an unforgettable year of wildlife encounters……baby manatees, massive whale sharks, gray whales and tiny frogfish, all so awesome in their own right. Kayaking among the Humpback Whales of Santa Cruz last fall was a lifetime high point.

Funniest trip moment? Dr Ruth finding herself trapped in a broken elevator with a keg of beer, Florida Springs trip. The Ocala firefighters were on it!

I am faced with some personal challenges as I care for Mama Bear and juggle time spent with her and travel. My trips are healing during this challenging journey. I treasure each day I have with Bear. Having her in my life is truly a gift. On my Blue Water adventures, I am rejuvenated by sharing the wonders of the world with those who follow.

In 2011, I loss a dear friend, Jim Bitler who I dedicate this year to. Jim was one of the greatest naturalist and historians of modern times. Jim was an inspiration, friend and devoted partner who enriched my life and countless others.

I thank my Blue Water Ventures community for these memories and lessons I’ve learned from each of you along the way.

May the Wild-Life be with us in 2012!

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
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email: bluewaterventures@sbcglobal.net
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Join the naturalist of Blue Water Ventures as we explore and discuss the tidepools of California’s Central Coast. Discover how tides work, how beaches form and about the survival strategies of intertidal inhabitants. Activities may include collecting data from designated study sites, line transects and a beach discovery walk. As professional educators, we know how to design educational and fun activities to the appropriate age level.

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Join Blue Water Venture’s Marine Science and Kayaking Camp based in Santa Cruz, California. During our daily educational adventures, we’ll explore the tidepools of Natural Bridges, hike among the elephant seals of Ano Nuevo, learn kayak rescue skills and enjoy a kayaking expedition to Elkhorn Slough. Our naturalist-led program includes a scavenger hunt through the touch tanks and aquarium of the Seymour Center, home to the stealthy Red Octupus!

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Dear Teachers:

Looking for a really unique experience for your students? We hope you consider joining us on our most popular field trip, kayaking in the incredibly rich wetlands of Elkhorn Slough. Blue Water Ventures offers a unique program that includes activities in the water and on land to reinforce our outdoor curriculum. While most outfitters spend only a few hours on the water, we feel we offer something special for your students.

Our Elkhorn Slough curriculum typically includes: wetlands ecology, endangered species, natural history of sea otters, harbor seals, sea birds. Etc and cultural history. Leadership and teamwork are key components of your field trip. After lunch, we can pull a large seine net and examine our catch. You can let me know what other specific topics you would like covered.

We offer a leisurely paced, full day in Elkhorn Slough (9:30-2:00) for only $34 per person with a complimentary trip for one teacher. if parents are driving, they often join us which can be helpful. Parent chaperones also pay the student rate of $34.

Be sure to check us out at: http://www.bluewaterventures.org

Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
http://www.bluewaterventures.org
email: bluewaterventures@sbcglobal.net
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060