August 2009 photos page 2

Red-necked Phalaropes are mostly observed feeding around concentrations of Sargasso Weed.

Bridled Terns take advantage of any available perch offshore, like this chunk of styrofoam. 

This adult Bridled Tern is beginning its primary molt. 

We observed a number of juvenile Bridled Terns still begging to be fed by their parents.

The pale feather edges identify this as a juvenile Bridled Tern.

There were also some year old Bridled Terns present like this one pictured above.

Most of the perched Bridled Terns allowed a close approach for photo ops!

Many of the terns, like this adult Sooty Tern, were quite vocal.

The juvenile Sooty Tern is a striking bird!

Like the Bridled Terns, the young Sooties were also begging to be fed.

Cuvier's Beaked Whale, enigmatic denizen of the deep

There is considerable variation and pronounced sexual dimorphism in Cuvier's Beaked Whales.  The males are larger and bear numerous scars from sparring with each other. 

We also observed several Spotted Dolphins some of which were quite acrobatic!

These Spotted Dolphins were engaged in some amorous behavior, seemingly oblivious to our vessel!

There were numerous opportunities to photograph flying fish.

A variety of species occur off Cape Hatteras.

Some days we see large sharks like this Hammerhead.

Waterspouts are not an unusual occurrence during summer in the Gulf Stream!

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