ocean habitats

California’s Ocean Habitats: The Rocky Intertidal Zone

Imagine a mystical world revealed when the gravitational forces from glowing celestial orbs peel back watery waves, uncovering pools teeming with life. Jewel-toned, flower-like animals gently sway in the currents, waiting for their next meal to float by. Continue reading “California’s Ocean Habitats: The Rocky Intertidal Zone”

Bag Limits for Saltwater Snails? Following the Regulations for Tidepool Foraging

Tidepools have yielded food for hungry humans for thousands of years, though it was a brave soul who first pried open a mussel and thought, “Ooh, this looks tasty!” Continue reading “Bag Limits for Saltwater Snails? Following the Regulations for Tidepool Foraging”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area

The Monterey Peninsula is famous for its scenic views and amazing wildlife. Along the coastline, in the city of Pacific Grove is a beautiful place that exemplifies these features called the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA). Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cabrillo State Marine Reserve

Cabrillo SMR Coast
Cabrillo State Marine Reserve at low tide
photo by C. Shen

If you’ve never been tidepooling, the Point Loma tidepools in San Diego are a good place to start. These tidepools lie within Cabrillo State Marine Reserve (SMR) and Cabrillo National Monument, just a short drive down the hill from the national monument’s main entrance and visitor center. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cabrillo State Marine Reserve”