Posts Tagged ‘marine protected area’

Crystal Cove’s Natural Playground

Dec 12, 2019

‘Tis the season to explore our underwater park. Winter months offer the lowest tides of the year with peaceful, uncrowded beaches making it the perfect time to discover the wonders of Crystal Cove’s tide pools. You could say tide pool organisms are the survivors of the ocean, living in two separate worlds where the ocean […]

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Forests of the Sea

Sep 12, 2019

  Each year, close to 2 million visitors get to engage and explore the many worlds of Crystal Cove State Park. Hiking in the backcountry, exploring the tidepools, or enjoying a day in the water are all very popular attractions, but only a fraction of these people explore the world that is just below the […]

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Whale watching boat spots Blue Whale!

Aug 14, 2019

On a warm summer day, The Newport Legacy, a whale watching boat from Newport Beach, sat idle about four miles from Crystal Cove State Park as they waited for a large whale to emerge from the depths of the ocean. This whale was about 85 feet long, which was at least 10 feet longer than […]

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Tiny Habitat, Huge Impact!

Jul 17, 2019

As you stroll along Crystal Cove this summer, take a moment to admire all the beauty that can be seen. Rustic historic cottages, gentle waves breaking on the sandy beaches, flocks of shorebirds, or pods of dolphins are sights that are commonly noticed. But, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may uncover wonders in […]

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A monumental migration

Jan 17, 2019

Here in Crystal Cove State Park, we are lucky enough to have front row seats to the longest mammal migration on the planet. Gray whales travel up to 12,000 miles round trip every year between the Bering and Chukchi Seas in Alaska down to lagoons on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. They stick close to shore for […]

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A Whale of a Tale

Feb 1, 2014

A Whale of a Tale HALFWAY THROUGH MIGRATION SEASON, GRAY WHALES ARE HEADING BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH ON THEIR ROUND-TRIP JOURNEY ALONG THE PACIFIC COAST.   Gray whales migrate between December and March/April, an annual journey that begins with thousands of gray whales traveling south from Alaska along the California coastline. They’re visible from numerous points […]

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Underwater Wilderness

Jul 1, 2013

UNDERWATER WILDERNESS CCA protects kelp forests, reefs and more in the marine protected area of Crystal Cove. With more than 1,100 acres of pristine marine protected area (approximately one-third of the park), Crystal Cove is a hotbed of underwater activity. Since January 2012, when Crystal Cove became a designated region in which human activity is restricted in the interest of protecting ocean ecosystems, […]

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Grunion Fun!

Jun 1, 2013

GRUNION FUN! California grunion are on the move at Crystal Cove. Shortly after the highest tides following a new or full moon, thousands of silvery fish dance across the sands at Crystal Cove. These grunion, found only on the coast of California and Baja California, are famous for emerging from the water to lay their […]

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