Underwater Parks Day Gives Visitors a Peek Beneath the Waves
January 15, 2013
The towering trees of the Mendocino Woodlands State Park or the strange stalactite-like structures of Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve are perfect—and perfectly visible—examples of California’s State Park System.
But, of the 278 state parks in California, it’s a park only visible with a breathing apparatus that is considered the crown jewel: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation presents the fifth annual Underwater Parks Day celebrating Point Lobos and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve on January 19.
The occasion will offer an opportunity for visitors to see some of the wildlife usually reserved only for those with SCUBA certification, as trained divers will be on hand exhibiting some of the underwater life in tanks set up in the Whalers Cove parking lot from 10:30am to noon. From 1:30 to 3pm filmmakers and environmentalists will be presenting on the wildlife of Point Lobos.
At the Elkhorn Slough Visitor Center marine mammals will be the focus. Presentations on the threatened Southern sea otter and other marine mammals will continue from 11am to noon in the Reserve’s conference room.
California is currently leading the U.S. in the battle to save the seas, having established over 120 protected places along the coast that look to preserve species like the Southern sea otter and the leatherback turtle.