Posts Tagged ‘Fitzgerald Marine Reserve’

The Harbor Seal Pups Are Here

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The Harbor Seal Pups Are Here

tinsel_harbor_sealThe harbor seal pups are being born at the Reserve, and it’s up to visitors to help keep them safe.  If you see orange cones, avoid those areas since seals and pups may be hauled out there to get warm.  If you see a seal pup on its own, leave it alone. If you think a harbor seal is in distress, call the Rangers or the Marine Mammal Center at the phone numbers below.

The March, 2013 issue of FFMR’s newsletter, “Between the Tides” reports: During the spring at FMR Rangers and Naturalists keep an eye out for harbor seal pups. Some of the pups can arrive early in the year, but peak pupping season is late April to early May. By the end of January this year we already had 2 newborn harbor seals.

This is a vulnerable time for harbor seals who are nursing their young. Recently there have been reports of flushing (return of seals to the water due to disturbance) both at Nye’s Rocks and at the haulout area at Cypress Point. Too few orange cones (indicating areas to stay away from) have been put out and it is sometimes difficult for visitors to understand which areas are designated as restricted. And seals blend in so well with the rocky reefs and beaches that some visitors have not noticed they are approaching a seal until they are too close.

Please do your utmost to aid these creatures  who  faithfully honor  our  Reserve with their presence. We can all act as good stewards by helping to educate the public about safe distances from which to observe the seals in all sea- sons. By doing our part we can keep Fitzgerald a safe place where seals can thrive and use the protected coves as nurseries for their young.

Please report  any disturbance of harbor seals to Park Rangers. Above all, don’t attempt to rescue a seemingly abandoned pup. The mother may be out foraging for food. To report sick or abandoned pups please contact:

Park Rangers: 650-728-3594
Marine Mammal Center: 415-289-7350

Stars of the Reef

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The pink star has graceful, tapering arms.

The pink star has graceful, tapering arms.

Ochre stars can be orange or this dark, almost brownish purple.

Ochre stars can be orange or this dark, almost brownish purple.

Visitors who watched patiently saw this leather star move around on tube feet.

Visitors who watched patiently saw this leather star move around on tube feet.

The sunflower star has up to 22 legs and can measure 3 feet across.

Bat stars can be pink, gray, brown, red and blue as well as this bright orange.

Bat stars can be pink, gray, brown, red and blue as well as this bright orange.

2013 Low Tides and Group Tour Times

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Month & Year Date Day Low tide time Low tide Reef Tour Time
January 2013
7 Mon 1:02pm -0.1 12:00-2:00pm
8 Tues 1:55pm -0.7 1:00-3:00pm
9 Weds 2:45pm -1.1 1:30-3:30pm
10 Thurs 3:32pm -1.4 2:00-4:00pm
11 Fri 4:18pm -1.4 3:00-5:00pm
22 Tues 2:09pm 0.2 1:00-3:00pm
23 Weds 2:47pm 0.0 1:30-3:30pm
24 Thurs 3:21pm -0.1 2:00-4:00pm
25 Fri 3:52pm -0.2 2:30-4:30pm
February 2013
4 Mon 11:38am 0.3 11:00am-1:00pm
5 Tues 12:42pm -0.1 12:00-2:00pm
6 Weds 1:39pm -0.5 1:00-3:00pm
7 Thurs 2:30pm -0.8 1:30-3:30pm
8 Fri 3:16pm -0.9 2:30-4:30pm
9 Sat :3:59pm -0.8 3:00-5:00pm
20 Weds 1:31pm 0.5 12:30-2:30pm
21 Thurs 2:12pm 0.3 1:30-3:30pm
22 Fri 2:47pm 0.2 2:00-4:00pm
March 2013
4 Mon 9:59am 0.3 9:00-11:00am
5 Tues 11:12am 0.1 10:30am-12:30pm
6 Weds 12:20pm -0.1 11:30am-1:30pm
7 Thurs 1:18pm -0.3 12:30-2:30pm
8 Fri 2:08pm -0.3 1:00-3:00pm
18 Mon 10:31am 0.8 10:00am-12:00pm
19 Tues 11:38am 0.9 11:00am-1:00pm
20 Weds 12:42pm 0.8 12:00-2:00pm
21 Thurs 1:37pm 0.7 1:00-3:00pm
22 Fri 2:22pm 0.6 1:30-3:30pm
April 2013
1 Mon 9:27am -0.4 8:30-10:30am
2 Tues 10:34am -0.3 9:30-11:30am
3 Weds 11:44am -0.1 11:00am-1:00pm
4 Thurs 12:50pm 0.0 12:00-2:00pm
5 Fri 1:48pm 0.1 1:00-3:00pm
6 Sat 2:38pm 0.2 2:00-4:00pm
15 Mon 8:45am 0.2 8:00-10:00pm
16 Tues 9:37am 0.4 9:00-11:00am
17 Weds 10:35am 0.5 10:00-12:00am
18 Thurs 11:35am 0.6 10:30am-12:30pm
30 Tues 9:07am -0.9 8:00-10:00am
May 2013
1 Weds 10:09am -0.6 9:30-11:30am
2 Thurs 11:12am -0.2 10:30am-12:30pm
3 Fri 12:14pm 0.2 11:30am-1:30pm
4 Sat 1:11pm 0.5 12:00-2:00pm
15 Weds 8:55am 0.0 9:00-11:00am
16 Thurs 9:42am 0.2 9:00-11:00am
17 Fri 10:33am 0.5 10:00-12:00am
29 Weds 8:46am -1.1 8:00-10:00am
30 Thurs 9:41am -0.5 9:00-11:00am
June 2013
1 Sat 11:35am 0.6 10:30am-12:30pm
15 Sat 9:42am 0.5 9:00-11:00am
28 Fri 9:10am -0.1 8:00-10:00am
29 Sat 10:01 0.6 9:00-11:00am
July 2013 NOTE: No suitable low
August 2013 tides at FFMR See you in October!
September 2013 July-Sept. 2013
October 2013
15 Tues 2:49pm 1.0 1:30-3:30pm
16 Wed 3:37pm 0.5 2:30-4:30pm
31 Thurs 3:20pm 0.6 2:00-4:00pm
November 2013
13 Wed 1:43pm 0.5 1:00-3:00pm
14 Thurs 2:29pm 0.0 2:00-4:00pm
15 Fri 3:11pm -0.4 2:00-4:00pm
16 Sat 3:49pm -0.6 2:00-4:00pm
29 Fri 1:54pm 0.2 1:00-3:00pm
30 Sat 2:35pm -0.5 2:00-4:00pm
December 2013
2 Mon 4:01pm -1.4 2:00-4:00pm
11 Wed 12:37pm 0.7 11:30am-1:30pm
12 Thurs 1:31pm 0.2 12:30-2:30pm
13 Fri 2:18pm -0.2 1:30-3:30pm
14 Sat 3:00 pm -0.4 2:00-4:00pm
27 Fri 12:39pm 0.6 11:30am-1:30pm
28 Sat 1:28pm 0.0 12:30-2:30pm
29 Sun 2:15pm -0.6 1:30-3:30pm
30 Mon 3:01pm -1.1 2:00-4:00pm
31 Tues 3:46pm -1.4 2:00-4:00pm