I thank everyone at Call of the Sea so much for the excellent adventure we had on Sunday!
We encountered whales, sea lions, sea birds, Pacific white sided dolphins, a strange plankton bloom, seals, and Mola Molas in abundance. My only [previous] encounter with a Mola Mola was back in the mid 1990s while scuba diving in a Monterey Bay feather boa kelp bed. On yesterday’s sail we encountered numerous Mola Molas just below the surface of the waves presumably warming up in the sun. Some were quite large and looked like a floundering boogie board with fins!
The main Farallon Island was most impressive with features that included sharp spires and arches of rock. On the return sail, it was easy to see why the San Francisco Bay remained a secret for several hundred years. The entrance to the bay was hard to spot from several miles out and sailors back in the day would not risk getting too close to shore for fear of having the ship blown to shore.
In conclusion, it was a remarkable trip that included fine sailing, a window into history, and an excellent chance to view sea life. I learned a great deal about Mola Molas as a result. The are a relatively new species of fish are found all over the world in vast numbers. On the way back to Sausalito, I saw the various rocks making up the geology of the Marin Headlands: graywacke sandstone, radiolarian chert, serpentinite, pillow basalts, and shale. And into those formations were built the various types of Coastal Defenses that range from the dreadnought era to the cold war.
I can’t wait to sail again!
Sincerely, Monte Hugentobler