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Extending the length of the seaward side of the Naval
Reservation on Point Loma, this area presents an excellent example of Southern
California rocky intertidal marine life existing, presently, in an almost
completely natural state. The
shoreline is predominantly rock and cobble, with some short lengths of sandy
beach, and the intertidal zone is comparatively narrow, with cliffs dropping 9
meters (30 feet) only a few meters offshore in many places.
Surfgrass, Phyllospadix torreyi, and eel grass, Zostera
marina, are found in the more protected, quiet areas.
Among the more conspicuous algae is Laminaria farlowii.
Marine animals are abundant along this coastline.
Conspicuous among the fish are the garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus, butterfly
fish, Chaetodon falcifer, and black croaker, Cheilotrema saturnum.
Among the more common invertebrates are three abalones, black, green and
red, Haliotis cracherodii, Haliotis fulgens and Haliotis
rufescens, three starfish,
Pisaster giganteus capitatus, and
Pisaster brevispinis, several
snails, Norrisia norrisi, Astraea undosa, giant keyhole limpet, Megathura
crenulata, and the hydrocoral Allopora californica.
from a sewage treatment plant at one end of the area, there is no development.
The lack of public access has kept the area virtually pristine.
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