Aug 21, 2012 9:51 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

No Place Like Home: Pelicans/"The Shell Beach Air Force"

Yesterday was my birthday, so I took the day off to hang with some of my favorite pals anywhere. No matter how stressful my days, they can turn my mood around in an instant. I'm talking about members of the "Shell Beach Air Force". What is that? you ask. Well it's definitely more proof, There's No Place Like Home.

They arrive in troops. Often an orchestrated movement. "You can't look on TV and it doesn't do it any justice really" said Carrey Hyder of Eugene, Oregon who was taking in the pelicans out at Port San Luis.

The pelicans of the central coast are graceful and comic characters flocking to our shores en mass. "We were just trying to count them and he got up to 10." Derek Wichman of San Jose says of his toddler son who was intrigued by the marine birds. "I think there's more, maybe a few hundred." said Wichmann.

A friendly cavalry of coast "guards", graceful reminders of the fleet keeping an eye on our shores. "They're so cute. Look at him like itching his skin." says Hyder.

They drop like bombs into the water. Their feeding frenzy, a sign the ocean is full of life below. "When we drove in there was like a whole bunch of them diving in the water." says Todd Smith from Bakersfield

They are everywhere and SEEM to be fairly friendly. "I've never been this close to them in my life- they just don't seem to be afraid at all." says Hyder. And they are magnificent in size and the scope of their skills.

They are our friendly summer visitors who captivate our attention all season long. And they are more proof There's No Place Like Home.

(And if the pelicans aren't enough to get you out to the beach, keep in mind, they have amazing eyesight and often know what's below the surface. Check out what happened when we followed the antics of the pelicans at Port San Luis yesterday, by clicking here.)



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