While capturing these photos, I felt as if everything except the ocean had stopped around me. The ocean is a fascinating body of water covering nearly 70 percent of Earth’s surface. Within these waters, there are undiscovered species, small microscopic organisms and large marine mammals. While I stood on the Santa Cruz Wharf early Saturday morning, I looked out into the distance to see a humpback whale, endless amounts of sardines, sea lions and even pelicans. It was a feeding frenzy.

HUNDREDS OF SEA LIONS and over 50 pelicans gathered in the surrounding waters of the wharf while feeding on a school of sardines on Nov. 9. Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
HUNDREDS OF SEA LIONS and over 50 pelicans gathered in the surrounding waters of the wharf while feeding on a school of sardines on Nov. 9. Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
A SEA LION wedged itself between three pillars that stabilize the 100-year- old Santa Cruz Wharf. Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
A SEA LION wedged itself between three pillars that stabilize the 100-year- old Santa Cruz Wharf. Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
A HUMPBACK WHALE’S FIN remained momentarily visible as the whale resubmerged near the Santa Cruz Wharf. Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
A HUMPBACK WHALE’S FIN remained momentarily visible as the whale resubmerged near the Santa Cruz Wharf. Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
Photo by Daniela Ruiz.

 

A GROUP OF SEA LIONS fed on sardines while following a kayaker. Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
A GROUP OF SEA LIONS fed on sardines while following a kayaker. Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
Photo by Daniela Ruiz.
Photo by Daniela Ruiz.