April 2015 update

April 8, 2015

Today's field day heralded the return of some upwelling to our coast - seen in the clarity of the water, and certainly felt in the coldness of it as well! We're hoping it continues.

 photo 2015.04.08 Pillar Point_zpsklzducgu.jpg

The Hopkin's Rose, Okenia rosacea was still seen in large numbers. Many Hermissenda crassicornis were visible as well - lots of them swimming upside down on the surface-tension of the water.

A handful of larger adult Pisaster ochraceus were out, and we also spotted some tiny juveniles. We're still waiting for Pycnopodia helianthoides, the sunflower star, to return to the intertidal, and we've only seen one pink star, Pisaster brevispinus, over ...more ↓

Posted on April 08, 2015 08:06 PM by kestrel kestrel | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Pillar Point reef, south of San Francisco on the San Mateo coast (and home to the famous Maverick’s Surf Contest), is a diverse, rocky, intertidal site directly adjacent to the Montara State Marine Reserve. When the reserve was established as a California State Marine Protected Area in 2007, the Pillar Point reef was intentionally excluded from the reserve boundaries for use as a control site. ...more ↓

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