There seems to be an unusual number of squid boats this year. They light up the night with their squid lights, green, red, white. It's Christmas! Ooof, now that I read that old post, maybe I say there's an unusual number every year? Ha! That's partly why we moved bedrooms, because for several months of the year we had very bright night lights. Thanks to the incredibly fast growing Monterey pines, that soon may not be a problem for us. Because of the funny way sound carries across the water, I can sometimes hear their conversations on their boats from our balcony. Many seem to be from outside of the Monterey Bay area. I wonder if squid fishermen are nomads, following their catch. I also wonder what else they catch in their nets besides squid, because surely there are other larger animals who would also like to eat squid. The young male sea lions are making a racket down by the Coast Guard Pier, the harbor seals seemed to have doubled in numbers, and a lone, young male elephant seal is being a bully at Hopkins. There have been high counts for other marine mammal sightings in the Monterey Bay - 56 humpbacks and 150 Pacific white-sided dolphins on June 11, 2014 in a.m. only! Just to note, last night was grunion greeting for the June full moon. I didn't go. Maybe tonight?