Abalone are a group of edible sea snails that range in size from small to very large. Their beautiful shells and tasty flesh make them highly desirable and in Southern California abalone are now endangered. Learn about abalone restoration through LAW's Kelp Project.
Garibaldi are the official state fish of California and protected in our California coastal waters. They are a brightly colored orange fish of the damselfish family, and usually live around reefs and over rocky sea-bottoms.=>
California Spiny Lobster feed on sea urchins, clams, mussels and worms. They have no claws, but their pair of antennae are so enlarged that they use them to make loud noises to scare off predators.
Southern Steelhead are an endangered species and a unique form of rainbow trout. They spend most of their adult lives in the ocean, but spawn in freshwater streams and rivers.
Giant Kelp look like seaweed, but grow in dense stands known as kelp forests. These underwater forests are home to over 800 marine animals that depend on the algae for food or shelter. However, more than 75% have been depleted in the last century - learn more though our Kelp Project.
Southern Sea Otter are the smallest marine mammals, but an important predator in our coastal and kelp forest ecosystems. Sea otters feed on marine invertebrates like sea urchins. Southern sea otters are an endangered species, and currently in southern California there is a "No Otter Zone" - learn more about LAW’s fight to bring back the otter.
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