Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates…You
Never Know What You're Gonna Get Or See
Submitted by OC
WildLife & Beach Tour
County has the most fascinating marine life and wildlife…and
amazing coastline, a true hidden gem
Octopus took my camera from me", says Amee Penso, one
of the guides on the OC Wildlife & Beach Tours. "We've
laughed for days over this one", says Cheri Ikerd, President
of OC Wildlife & Beach Tour. To be able to see different
wildlife and marine life several days a week is an adventure
and truly an amazing experience in Orange County. There
are new animals each and every time on tour and no one
ever knows what will be seen as it is a surprise all
the time…it's wildlife. "There's always some oohs and
ahhh's and some laughter along the way", says Ikerd.
have been some amazing wildlife sightings. "In broad
daylight a Bobcat walked right in front of us and took
an American Wigeon to feed herself, says Ikerd. There's
been seagulls eating sea stars and sea urchins and it
is funny to see a seagull with a sea star sticking out
of its neck". A six legged Sea Star has been also been
spotted several times at the tidepools in Laguna Beach;
Sea Stars only have 5 legs. "Northern Harriers, Ospreys
and Great Blue Herons have flown over us in Huntington
Beach and Newport Beach. And, Black Oyster Catchers
have eaten a few yards in front of us. There's been
sea lions and dolphins playing at this cove in Laguna
Beach we go to and we've seen Gray Whales passing in
the winter time many times. And, of course, the latest
and wildest, was when an Octopus took a camera from
one of our guides. The Octopus, named Gollum after the
Character in Lord of the Rings, even took a photo of
himself! She was able to retrieve her camera, but it
wasn't an easy task, and something we have laughed about
for days and days".
know they will see plenty of wildlife on the tours,
but Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know
what you're gonna get or see…so guests should be ready
to be surprised at anytime. A lot of locals come on
the tours (people from Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside,
etc.) and have no idea the amount of wildlife and marine
life Orange County has and it's so close to come and
enjoy a fun half day while learning at the same time.
People also come from all over the world to see the
tidepools and a seal or sea lion because other parts
of the world don't have this. Orange County is just
a hidden gem with the most amazing wildlife and a beautiful
coastline of 42 miles.
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can join a ½ day tour several days a week through OC
Wildlife & Beach Tour. For tour information, log onto:
or reservations and gift certificates: 949-500-6981.
OC Wildlife & Beach Tour Inc.
OC Wildlife & Beach Tour Inc., incepted in 2007, offers
a variety of tours exploring the hidden treasures and
natural beauty of Orange County's "Gold Coast." From
tide pool explorations to wildlife viewing at scenic
beach coves, shopping excursions to art and wine tours,
or educational field trips and observing seals and sea
lions, OC Wildlife & Beach Tour has a tour for everyone!
OC Wildlife also gives back to the non-profit organization
Pacific Marine Mammal Center upon each tour booking
and is a member of many other non-profit wildlife organizations
to help with preserving local wildlife.
more information about the tours or making a difference,
log on to: www.ocwildlifebeachtour.com
or call 949-500-6981.