Point 11 - Public Landing No. 2
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Here we have the second of the ocean access Public Landings. It too is available to the public seasonally. The ramp of stairs is raised in winter months. Although originally intended to be accessible to ships for loading, the variable surge conditions and the stationary design of the landing makes docking uncertain.
It is very useful for small boats to pick up and drop off passengers. It also affords an excellent view of the veritable forest of pier pilings that comprise the Wharf. With about 4500 trees fashioned into pilings, it can be described as a marine forest. It offers refuge and structure for many reef creatures and plants. Sea lions, perches, starfish, nudibranchs, sponges and anenomies can be found swimming or adhering all around the pilings.
It also is a popular haul out spot for sea lions and one can get a close up appreciation of the size of adult male sea lions as they snooze on the cross beams. The wharf hosts both male and female young and adult sea lions.
One estimate of the pilings is that if layered end to end, they would reach from here to Monterey to Moss Landing and back.
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