Ok don't know if this is the right spot for this but I wanted to bring up something that Monterey is famous for as a suggestion for a side activity- whale watching.
I've been several times out of Monterey and every time it has been a unique and amazing experience. Because of the deep sea trench, the amount of life seen on any given trip is nothing short of jaw-dropping. On previous trips I've seen Humpback whales, Blues, Minkes, White sided dolphins (including an albino), Rissos dolphins, Harbor & Dalls porpoise, common dolphin (a school of several thousand), jellies, turtles, sunfish, sharks, and of course tons of sea birds,otters, seals, sea lions, and elephant seals.
On one trip a humpback whale circled within a few feet of the boat for nearly an hour, rolling and sky hopping almost within arm's reach.
Not to mention that often orcas, basking sharks, right whale dolphins, fin whales and sperm whales show up depending on the season.
You can view the species list of what is seen on the website under sightings:
Just a suggestion for a fun side trip.
Whale watching sounds great! We won't plan any excursions as part of TONMOcon - it's just too short for that. The people who stay on for a few days will really enjoy Monterey, and may want to start a thread about who'll stay on to plan things like this.
Don't worry. According to a high ranking TONMO official hinted that TONMOcon would be the also a online event like Squidcam and digital photos will be posted during and after the event for public viewing.
This is Chrono at TONMOcon planning HQ, back to you BBC HQ.
Gee Tony, we all thought that YOU were going to be doing that !!!! ????
LOL...yep, I am one of the flies in that ointment...said I will be posting pics during the conference on Tonmo...figure between Erich, myself, and a few others, we will have more laptops there than you can shake a squid at !
don't think that I am the ranking tonmo member referred to though...did someone else pipe up too?
Is there a chance that tonmo chat might be online then? it would be fun to have a "realtime" session with everyone...I know...logistics, logistics....
Do you mean what time will things end in the evenings? Or what time will we wrap up on Sunday? I'll try to answer both. Sunday, we'll go to the aquarium as a group - the reservation is for 9:30 am, when they open. People can leave at any time. This was set up so that people leaving Sunday afternoon would not miss any of the big speakers like Steve. The aquarium closes around 6 pm. I don't know if we'll have a tour. Friday, we may go a little later than Saturday. I think people will want to eat so we'll try to end around 6 on Saturday and retreat to dinner. I'm sure there will be some lingering after to chat. We may have a group reservation for dinner Friday or Saturday night. It's up to you whether you want to go to dinner.
Erich is hoping that there will be live music to hear in Monterey. I don't know if you would be allowed into a club to hear music. This would be separate from TONMOcon but something else to enjoy. Pipsquek told me that restaurants generally close by midnight and a few bars stay open until two.