“Fuller of Monsters”: The Watery Wilderness at Silicon Valley’s Backdoor — Redux

David A. Laws
Dec 31, 2021 · 9 min read
A Gray whale skeleton at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in 2021.

“The ocean is a wilderness … wilder than the Bengal jungle and fuller of monsters.” — From Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau (1865)

Story and photos by David A. Laws

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center on Crissy Field

The James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Tidepools of the James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Pillar Point Harbor

Purchasing fish direct from the boat

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse and park store

Año Nuevo Coast Natural Preserve

A battle-scarred elephant seal on Ano Nuevo beach

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Left: Blue whale skeleton under construction in 2001. Right: The completed skeleton in 2021

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