At FMR, the relatively small (under 150 lbs) and shy harbor seals rule the beach when they come ashore to rest during low tides. Due to their federally protected status as marine mammals, humans are required to stay at least 100 yards away from their resting areas. Depending on where seals opt to haul out, large swaths of the tidepools may be inaccessible to visitors.
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NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) Public Television have collaborated to produce a new 52-episode television series entitled “Your Sanctuary.”
Designed to connect people with their sanctuaries, the program will feature local scientists and business leaders discussing how their organizations and businesses are integrally tied to the nation’s largest national marine sanctuary. The show will demonstrate how we are all connected to the ocean and highlight the activities of communities and organizations working to keep coastal and marine resources healthy.
According to NOAA, Your Sanctuary will air several times weekly (Mondays 7:00 PM, Tuesdays 8:00 PM, Wednesdays 9:00 PM, Sundays 6:00 PM) on Comcast channel 27 and AT&T channel 99. It will also be available at ampmedia.org, although the server was not available at posting time.
This year the creativity of the volunteers from Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve who walked in Half Moon Bay’s holiday parade was rewarded with a FIRST PRIZE BLUE RIBBON for their Marching Unit! Congratulations gang!
These photos are courtesy of volunteer Jill Morris, whose dog Jukebox made a huge hit dressed up as one of our favorite nudibranchs, the Hopkins rose.