Have you ever seen 400,000 seabirds, 52 species of rock fish and 36 mammal species in one sanctuary? If you haven't, then ... More
Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Have you ever seen 400,000 seabirds, 52 species of rock fish and 36 mammal species in one sanctuary? If you haven't, then it's time you visited this sanctuary and witnessed millions of specimens. The Gulf of Farallones Marine Sanctuary covers 948 square miles of the central and northern California coastline. This marine sanctuary is a member of the United Nations Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve. There are millions of different species found in this sanctuary, which makes it a perfect place for a marine biology student. It has workshops and programs especially designed for students. It presents an onsite nursery consisting of harbor seals, elephant seals, harbor porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, rockfish, and seabirds; this is the largest seabird breeding area in the United States. This sanctuary is also the feeding area for threatened blue whales and humpback whales.
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Great Stop on your Chrissy Fields Walk
By A Yahoo Contributor, 3/24/07
If you're into small quaint nooks in San Francisco, that are great for taking your kids, this is a nice spot to stop on your walk through Chrissy Fields. GFNMS is located on the way to the GG Park if you are walking towards the Warming Hut (which is currently closed).
I came across this spot on my walk through the park, and ended up wanting to volunteer with the folks. They have a couple tanks with sea anemone, sea stars, a funny eel, and various crabs.
If you need to use the bathroom, buy some water, and have your kids be entertained by marine organism info. then this is a great stop on a weekend walking trip.
The visitor center is open all week, so feel free to come by on your weekday walks too.
There really isn't any reason this spot wouldn't work for someone. If anything, it is a great spot to stop by and say hi to the kind worker/volunteer.