4.The Great Tidepool
Ocean View Blvd. at the foot of the lighthouse
(Just north of the only house on the ocean side of the street)

     

     
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This is where Ricketts collected many specimens for Pacific Biological Laboratories, and where Doc collected his for Western Biological :

"It is a fabulous place: when the tide is in, a wave-churned basin, creamy with foam, whipped by the combers that roll in from the whistling buoy on the reef. But when the tide goes out the little water world becomes quiet and lovely. The sea is very clear and the bottom becomes fantastic with hurrying, fighting, feeding, breeding animals." (Cannery Row, Chapter VI). 
     
 
     
TIDEPOOL ETIQUETTE
NEVER TURN YOUR BACK TO THE OCEAN: IT IS UNPREDICTABLE. BE CAREFUL: THE ROCKS ARE SLIPPERY!
Be gentle with the creatures you touch, and put them back where you found them.
Do not take away any live animals, shells, plants or rocks.
Remember, Monterey Bay is a Federal Marine Sanctuary.
     

Go south on Sunset Drive (towards Asilomar Beach) and turn left on the first street, Lighthouse Avenue. Go 1 block and turn left at the stop sign; jog right onto Lighthouse and continue into town. Go straight until you reach Ridge Road and turn right (a sign marking the Butterfly Grove Inn is your landmark). Go about 1/2 block and you will see the signs for the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, which is open from sunrise to sunset. Park your car and walk down the easement to . . .

MONARCH GROVE SANCTUARY