The salty chill of Asilomar
It’s impossible to count the number of times I’ve been to Monterey. In my mind, a beach is a rocky cove with a slight bank of sand, frigid water and anemones withstanding violent tides. On my single trip to a beach in Florida I was astounded by the silken sand, tepid water and vast expanse of blue. The experience was vibrant, yet I missed the salty chill of Asilomar.
Likewise, I’ve seen the Monterey Bay Aquarium evolve as an educational center. I’ve been reading up on the aquarium’s conservation research programs. including those studying the rehabilitation of the aesthetically pleasing sea otter as well that of the magnificent white shark.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program has been studying and trying to save the threatened southern sea otter since 1984. We rescue treat and release injured otters, raise and release stranded pups through our surrogate program, provide care for sea otters that can’t return to the wild, and conduct scientific research.
I imagine it would be wonderful to swim amidst the kelp, rubbing elbows with otters and urchins (ow!). So much so that I’ve begun saving up for scuba lessons — my first open water dive may very well be in Monterey!
And to close with a warm fuzzy in the heart, here’s a warm fuzzy in the water: