|sunset at Morro Rock in Morro Bay, California|
A Little Background
Named ”El Morro” in 1542 by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo because it reminded him of a turbaned Moor, the huge volcanic rock here is visible from just about everywhere in town. The area is also referred to as the “Gibraltar of the Pacific." Morro Rock stands 576 feet high and is now a State Monument. Peregrine falcons--said to be the fastest moving animal in the world and an endangered species--nest at the top. Rafts of sea otters can also usually be viewed in the bay here.
|viewing a Peregrine falcon nest at Morro Rock in Morro Bay, California|
Because the area’s wide variety of landscapes offer myriad nesting sites for some of California’s most interesting birds, bird-watching is particularly good.
Commercial fishing is this small, picturesque town's main industry. Albacore and abalone are the local specialties, and they frequently show up on restaurant menus.
Morro Bay National Estuary Preserve Located along the Pacific Flyway, this 800-acre wetland consists of salt marshes and mudflats that are the winter home to more than 250 species of land, sea, and shore birds, plus dozens of endangered species such as Peregrine Falcons.
The small Morro Bay National Estuary Center (601 Embarcadero, in Marina Square, (805) 772-3834. Free.) offers an array of exhibits--including an 18-foot mural depicting habitats in and around the bay--as well as a spectacular view of the bay and Morro Rock. See steel-head trout in an aquarium, and hermit crabs and tine anemones in an eel-grass tank. Local travel literature is also available.
|Morro Bay National Estuary Center in Morro Bay, California|
Located approximately 30 miles south of San Simeon. Cayucos and Avila Beach are just north.
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