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Nudibranchs on Facebook

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Love nudibranchs? The tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve provide homes for many varieties of these lovely sea snails.  Four times a year at low tide, a group of volunteers does a nudibranch count at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and sends the survey results to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  They tally the number of each species found within a two hour period at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve or nearby Pillar Point.

The latest survey was on January 11, 2013,  during a minus tide of -1.4ft.

For more information, visit the FFMR Nudibranch Survey Facebook page:

Read the Issue of “Between the Tides”

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The December, 2012 issue of  “Between the Tides” is now available!  This issue describes an extension to the California Coastal Trail along the Dardanelle Trail through the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Improvements to the existing trail that winds through the magical cypress forest on the bluffs overlooking the Reef include:  a new bridge over San Vicente Creek; and widening the trail and finishing it with fresh gravel over a special geotextile fabric underlayment.

This issue also contains articles on the mussel clump habitat, visitng the tide pools at Carmel Point, and scenes from the Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue. Enjoy!

Illustrated Lesson on Ocean Pollution

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Click here to see a downloadable graphic that illustrates the causes of ocean pollution. Thanks to for contributing this graphic.