Stunning Scenery and Marine Mammals of Monterey Bay.
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Our August 22nd departure: Includes an optional naturalist-led hike and social time exploring Arana Gulch Open Space Park above Santa Cruz Harbor meeting at 10:30am In August, we won’t see gray whales during our coastal cruise but may see humpback whales and white sharks. Stretch your legs with us on this leisurely scenic hike (1.5 miles) before our charter. Day wraps up around 3:30pm..
Over the last few years, an area just south of Capitola Wharf between New Brighton Beach and the “Cement Ship” has become a location where juvenile white sharks concentrate on a regular basis during the summer and fall months. “Shark Park” as it has been locally coined has gained recognition as an area to view the iconic apex predator.
White sharks seek the shallow, calm water often quite near shore to warm up, thermoregulating their body temperature. We hope to see other marine life such as sea otters, harbor seals and hopefully Gray Whales as they migrate north to their Alaskan feeding grounds. Our day will include a visit to our local kelp beds where Gray Whale mothers sometimes rest and nurse their calves.
To maintain social distancing, we are taking 50% fewer women to give everyone plenty of room on our 50′ motorized vessel.
Refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 21 days in advance of trip date. Space on the roster is guaranteed when payments are received and in the order that we receive them.
Our new program was inspired last summer when we chartered the Sea Spirit Ocean Safari as a birthday celebration for a friend.We had a fantastic time with very close white shark encounters from the safety of our 50 foot long, motorized vessel. The Ocean Spirit has a wrap around deck for great viewing.
(Our vessel is motorized but we may pass by sailboats exploring the Santa Cruz Area)
Departing from Santa Cruz Harbor, we will slowly make our way south towards Shark Park. En route, we will cruise by the flourishing kelp beds scanning the water for sea otters with pups, sea jellies, gray whales and harbor seals. The scenery along the way is spectacular as we pass by the well known surf spot known as Pleasure Point. As we approach Shark Park, we will start scanning the water for shadows or dorsal fins. As fish rather than mammals, white sharks don’t surface for air as oxygenated water is pumped through their gills.
The Sea Spirit is 50 feet long with marks on the railing every 6 feet. Face masks will be worn unless you are eating or drinking. Beer and wine may be purchased on board. We are always in the open fresh air. During the era of COVID the captain limits customers to 20 plus crew. Kim Powell, owner of Blue Water Ventures will be your on board naturalist.
Please review our Covid-19 Protocol much that applies to our outing. Of particular importance is proper screening of guides and customers for COVID-19 symptoms. If your temperature is above 100 or if you are experiencing any flu like symptoms, please do not join us. You may have a credit that never expires for any kayaking or hiking trip we offer.
As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer:
* Dress in layers –– medium-rated fleece, capilene, or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on as ocean breeze or fog approaches; a thin layer of capilene or silk long sleeve underwear are a nice addition, but any long sleeve undershirt will do.
* Long pants or shorts— depends on the day, but it tends to be cooler on the water
* Wind breaker or rain jacket-– an outer shell to help insulate from sea breeze or spray.
* Footgear – most anything is OK except high heels or shoes lacking tread (flip flops)
* Fleece or wool cap for cooler days
* Sun hat and sunscreen
* Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash
* Binoculars and camera
* Water bottle
* coffeee mug
* Snacks — Beer, wine and sodas may be purchased onboard; please do not bring your own alcohol, but you may bring snacks
* Face Mask and personal hand sanitizer
SEA SICKNESS PREVENTION: If you are prone to sea sickness, we recommend bringing some form of prevention. Medications such as Bonine or Dramamine are usually effective although drowsiness or thirst can be a side effect. Many clients have been very happy with Scopalimine patches that requires a prescription. Your local pharmacist or physician can advise you. Many health food stores will recommend herbal remedies such as Motionease for sea sick prevention and we have found this brand quite effective. In the past, several clients have successfully used “sea bands” which employ a pressure point on the wrists rather than medication. Sea Bands have no side effects and can be purchased at most dive shops or online at Prevention.
August 22nd: We will meet at 10:30am the North Santa Cruz Harbor, 425 Brommer St. Dock I where we will begin our hike through Arana Gulch Open Space Park
We are so excited to offer this unique wildlife adventure!
In the Spirit of Adventure~
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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