An assemblage of sea birds have congregated on a subsurface school of northern anchovies. Birds attack from above, and dolphins attack from below. This is a small "hot spot" or feeding area which illustrates the patchy distribution of food in the ocean. Today we searched many of these hot spots hoping to find a baleen whale.
A Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), a variety of feeding birds, mostly Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis), and a California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) attack a ball of bait. Platform Gina and East Anacapa Island are in the background.
A massive feeding frenzy off the western Ventura shoreline. A ball of northern Anchovies (Engraulis mordax) is being attacked by gulls and pelicans from above, and from dolphins, sea lions, and whales from below.