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Point Reyes Station in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sea Life in These Waters

Gulf of the Farallones & Cordell Band

 

—National Marine Sanctuaries —

 
Sea Life in These Waters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 5, 2009
1. Sea Life in These Waters Marker
Inscription. Some of the world’s richest waters exist right off California’s coast. An explosion of life occurs here due to a combination of the sun’s energy, wind, ocean currents, and contours of the sea floor. Microscopic phytoplankton form the base of the food chain, which are fed upon by zooplankton and fishes, providing a feast for seabirds, seals, whales sharks and humans. Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries protect this ocean wilderness through research, education, conservation and stewardship. Sanctuaries balance compatible commercial and recreational activities while protecting these ocean treasures today and for future generations.

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries manage 14 special marine areas that encompass more than 150,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes natural and cultural resources.
 
Erected by National Marine Sanctuaries.
 
Location. 37° 59.766′ N, 122° 58.71′ W. Marker is in Point Reyes Station, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard north of Chimney Road Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Point Reyes National Seashore. Marker is in this post office area: Point Reyes Station CA 94956, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Pacific Ocean Shoreline image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 5, 2009
2. Pacific Ocean Shoreline
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whalewatching (here, next to this marker); Lives of Sacrifice and Service are Honored Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Victims of the Coast (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Drake (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preserving Our Maritime Past (approx. 0.3 miles away); Point Reyes Conglomerate (approx. 2.3 miles away); Point Reyes Light Station (approx. 2.3 miles away); Common Murres (approx. 2.3 miles away).
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentNatural Features
 
California Gray Whale Skull on Display image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 5, 2009
3. California Gray Whale Skull on Display
The plaque reads:
Species - Eschrichtius robustus
Location Found - Vandenburg AFB, California
Length - 41 feet
Estimated Weight - 30 to 40 tons
Cause of Death - Unknown Date Found - February 11, 1955
Sex - Female
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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