Salinas de San Pedro
The Salinas de San Pedro Saltmarsh was created in 1985 by the Port of Los Angeles. Located in Cabrillo Beach Park, it restores a part of the marsh enviroment lost during the last century of development. Note the water in the image below- do you see any waves? Coastal wetlands typically form as a river approaches the ocean. The water slows down and floods the surrounding area. In doing so, the sediment carried in the river is deposited, creating a flat, muddy region and reducing the amount of sediment entering the ocean. Wave energy in wetlands is extremely low; tides will cause the water level to raise and lower, but waves in general are mostly non-existant.
The result is a shallow, quiet water environment that is perfect for the young of many aquatic species, providing them with a haven from larger predators. The water here has a lower salinity level than does the ocean, making it a perfect spot for many species to rest and have a drink of water and maybe a snack. In addition to numerous native plant species surounding it, the marsh is home to many bird species, such as blackcrowned night-herons, willets, great blue herons, snowy egrets (all year round inhabitants), sandpipers, killdeer and grebes (migratory visitors). Aquatic species include worms, clams, crabs, and other invertibrates, in addition to small fish. During high tide corbina, sharks and stingrays can be found.3