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Sea Otters in Monterey Bay: Surfing at Sunrise

In the last blog post, I mentioned watching sea otters catching and eating their prey at dawn. On one morning, I watch some surfers sharing the waves with the sea otters. The otters were already in the water when the … Continue reading

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Sea Otters in Monterey Bay: Seafood Breakfast at Dawn

Over several early mornings from late December 2017 and early January 2018, I watched sea otters going about their business in Monterey Bay. One of the fascinating things to see was the Sea Otters catching and eating their prey. The … Continue reading

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Green frog shedding skin and eating it

This video shows a young Green Frog (scientific name Rana clamitans or Lithobates clamitans) shedding its skin and eating it. The frog repeats the same cycle of behavior. First, it rotates its hind limb, then it rotates its front limb, … Continue reading

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Jean Lafitte National Park: Frogs, Lizards, Gator, Birds and Bugs

While visiting New Orleans for the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, I had an opportunity to take a short morning trip to the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Park. The park is a short 30 minute … Continue reading

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Midges swarm out of Lake Erie to take over Cleveland in June 2018

Photographs of the tiny midges that swarmed out of Lake Erie in June 2018. Continue reading

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