Today we drove past the Tomales Bay in northern California. It was a gorgeous day, looking more like April than February. Everything was vivid green and bulb flowers everywhere were at their peak.
In the bay, but close to the road, we saw a mass of gulls and cormorants congregating in great excitement, so we pulled over to see what was up. There were dozens of sea lions thrashing around just beneath the surface of the water, porpoising up to the air, and diving down again. The surface of the water was torn with mobbing gulls and cormorants. There must have been a big school of fish, maybe sardines, and the sea lions and birds were hunting them ferociously. We saw gulls tearing fish right out of the beaks of the smaller cormorants. The whole feeding frenzy lasted about ten minutes, and then it all dissipated.