We have frequented Morro Bay numerous times over the last fews years since we discovered it. Morro Bay’s prominent landmark is Morro Rock.
It is not only a small working fishing town where fresh caught tuna, sand dabs, halibut, dungenous crabs, and fresh oysters can all be had from local dock stores, but also features a small lagoon providing natural bay habitat.
Personally, I could watch the sea otters that find shelter in the bay for hours.
We were fortunate to see the endangered sea otters floating in rafts caring for their pups feeding off local kelp beds, rolling around playing, and cleaning themselves. It’s a great place to see them in action, up close and personal.
Whether one comes for the shops, the seafood, or the otters, Morro Bay has a lot to offer.
Having just gotten back from the CA coast, we saw lots of cool ‘critters’, including the sea otter.
I’m not sure I have ever seen a sea otter before. I could watch them for hours. They were just too adorable. I didn’t realize that they are actually an endangered species. There used to be some 150,000 – 200,000.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s they were hunted for their fur. They are now a protected species. Their population has dipped to 1% of what they once were, at a low of only 1,000 – 2,000. Now they are hovering at around 3,000 as they have plateau’d in their decline.
Their facial expressions and mannerisms were priceless.
We saw buzzards and blue herons, seals and sea lions.
Even caught a sunset or two….
Sometimes its good to get out of the woods and see the sea.
We don’t get too much of this in our neck of the woods.