Point Lobos Reserve near Carmel, CA
Photos by Kathy Hutman - July 2006
"The Point Lobos landscape is a mosaic of bold headlands, irregular coves and rolling meadows..."
"Half of the Reserve is all you see unless you're a diver and visit the underwater world just
offshore. The underwater reserve owes its richness to strong northwesterly winds which prevail
during spring and summer and which drive
the surface water seaward. Near the coast cold mineral-rich water from deep below the surface
moves upward to fill the void.
"Two water temperature zones meet and overlap on the California coast. Animals and plants from
both warmer and colder waters are found here. The variety of animals is also
enhanced by the Reserves proximity to very deep water. One mile north of the Reserve, this canyon
measures 1,000 feet deep and continues to drop...joining with Monterey Canyon about 6 miles
offshore at a depth of 7,000 feet."