The San Mateo County Harbor District does not just have beautiful safe harbors for vessels, it is home to a variety of seabirds and marine life. While visiting Pillar Point Harbor or Oyster Point Marina/Park, you may see seals, or seal lions, animals which are protected by federal law. It is illegal to disturb them or do anything that might make them change their behavior. This applies to birds in the Pillar Point Marsh.
A few tips while visiting:
- Keep your distance. Watch them in a safe, responsible way.
- Be considerate of seal and sea lion mothers and pups. If you see an injured, stranded, or dead marine mammal, call (866)767-6114.
- Keep pets away and on a leash so as not to disburb or harm wildlife.
For downloadable wildlife brochures and helpful links, see below.
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary - Seabird Protection Network
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Protected Area
California Beaches - Pillar Point Marsh