Moss Landing State Beach, Moss Landing

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Moss Landing State Beach is a beach in Monterey County, California.DescriptionThe beach is about 16mi north of the city of Monterey via Highway 1 at, about south of Watsonville. Among the most popular activities are offshore fishing, surfing, windsurfing and horseback riding. However, the strong rip currents make the water recreation (swimming, wading, etc.) dangerous. Moss Landing State Beach is also popular for picnicking because the dunes block out strong afternoon winds from blowing into the picnic area.WildlifeMoss Landing State Beach has several bird-watching spots, but the type and number of birds can vary by season. Moss Landing Wildlife Area, with access to the east of Highway 1, has ponds that are controlled by tidal gates. They are a major roost for brown pelicans and also beneficial for shorebirds. Sea ducks, loons, grebes and gulls can also be easily spotted. Occasionally, there are special visitors such as Long-tailed Duck and Red-necked Grebe. Endangered species, the California Sea Otter, can be observed in the harbor channel with sometimes dozens in a raft.
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  • Full of birds feeding. It was a joy to watch the birds on this beach. The beach is deserted and a wonderful place to enjoy  more »
  • In our ascent to San Francisco that sounds unfortunately the end of our summer loop megamaousskosto, we have planned to stop in Monterey to find sea otters who stay in the mess in the waters of the corner. We are filled with our initiative to go canoeing at Moss Landing because we paddle to the middle of the otters in flights of pelicans! Magic! Wild animals settled in strategic places for them and facilitate the approach of us tourists. All seals, otters and pelicans: everything is visible close enough! It is a pure joy to be at water level to watch everyone there. Sea otters, they are trying to fool around in the water, to crush a shell with a stone or to freshen up with their nimble legs, they do not seem to be too bothered by the looks of these monsters funny in yellow plastic that float better than giant algae that they love. In the early 1900s, it was believed that hunting had been right in this case, but fortunately, in 1911, discovered a small group of 50 otters in Big Sur, California. In 2006, estimated that there are nearly 3000 animals on 400 km away. Kelp forests are a real forest of giant algae that can measure more than 30 m long. These algae are anchored on the ground and float up to the surface through the floats that are at the base of leaves. These forests are a preferred habitat for sea otters that wrap in leaves floating on the surface, the kelp protect storms and currents and finds grace of sea otters by the abundance of food which is there. The pelicans them have a flight heavy and patient. Placid, they touch the water and their wings beat with calm. Be overflown by pelicans we is a chance and a discrete emotion makes us release paddles to watch, speechless. It's magic.
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  • My visit to this part of California was really to see sea otters. We viewed them in many places and our binoculars were invaluable. By far this is the best place we found to view the otters. They are ...  more »

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