In Collaboration with California State Parks and the MPA Collaborative we will be exploring Point Lobos State Marine Reserve. The Reserve has a unique history of of marine protection for the last 70 years and serves as a premier example of a healthy giant kelp forest ecosystem. During this dive we will be able to see giant kelp and bull kelp but also may have the opportunity to see many forms of life including fish, birds, sea stars, jellies, sea urchins and other numerous possible sightings of the nearly 1000 different animal species found in California’s kelp forests.
In Collaboration with California State Parks and the MPA Collaborative we explore Point Lobos State Marine Reserve.
We explore one of the last remaining old growth kelp forests in the area, as well as an “urchin barren” that was once a healthy ecosystem.
A beautiful spot where we can see giant kelp forests that were once a main feature of the California coast.
Over the past five years, there has been a shift in nearshore kelp forest ecosystems, from a lush, diverse and bountiful kelp forest to a homogeneous, desolate, urchin barren.