|Monterey Wharf #2
“The 30 to 40-ft-high pilings provide a treasure trove of interesting and colorful marine life. Carpets of pink, lavender and orange corynactis (strawberry anemones) cover many of the pilings. Amid the anemones, large acorn barnacles reach for food with their pitchfork-shaped feet and suck plankton off their ornate plumage. Other pilings are covered with snow-white anemones, feather duster worms and reddish-brown bryozoans. A wide variety of gaudy nudibranches also populate the area...The base of the wooden columns is a virtual junkyard, replete with old shoes, tires, bottles and cans, and myriad other human castoffs. Because this area was and is used extensively by fishermen, there is also a great deal of monofilament fishing line, as well as hooks and even pieces of old gill nets."
Diving & Snorkeling, Monterey Peninsula & Northern California
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