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Cobalt sponge

Acanthancora cyanocrypta

Also known as:
Deep blue sponge

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Spotted Sandpiper

Actitus macularia


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Western Grebe

Aechmophorus occidentalis


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Clark's Grebe

Aechmophorus clarkii


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Giant green anemone

Anthopleura xanthogrammica

Also known as:
Giant tidepool anemone, solitary anemone

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Sunburst anemone

Anthopleura sola

Also known as:
Solitary anemone, Starburst anemone

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American Pipit

Anthus rubescens

Also known as:
Water Pipit, Buff-bellied Pipit

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Surfbird

Aphriza virgata


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California seahare

Aplysia californica


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Black seahare

Aplysia vaccaria


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Warty sea cucumber

Apostichopus parvimensis

Also known as:
Sea cucumber

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California sea cucumber

Apostichopus californicus

Also known as:
California stichopus

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Guadalupe Fur Seal

Arctocephalus townsendi

Also known as:
California Fur Seal

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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Also known as:
Blue Heron

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Great Egret

Ardea alba

Also known as:
Great White Egret, American Egret, Common Egret, Kōtuku (New Zealand), Grande Aigrette (French), Garza blanca, Garza grande, Garza real (Spanish)

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Black Turnstone

Arenaria melanocephala


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Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres


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Blue Whale

Balaenoptera musculus


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Minke Whale

Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Also known as:
Little Piked Whale, Lesser Rorqual

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Orange Cup Coral

Balanophyllia elegans


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Sea Grapes

Botryocladia pseudodichotoma


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Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola

Also known as:
Buffalo Head

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Sanderling

Calidris alba

Also known as:
Peep

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Western Sandpiper

Calidris mauri

Also known as:
Peep

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Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla

Also known as:
Peep

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Dunlin

Calidris alpina

Also known as:
Red-backed Sandpiper

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Northern Fur Seal

Callorhinus ursinus


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Dungeness Crab

Cancer magister

Also known as:
Pacific edible crab, Market Crab

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Willet

Catoptrophorus semipalmatus

Also known as:
White-wings (Nova Scotia)

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Pigeon guillemot

Cepphus columba

Also known as:
Sea pigeon

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Rhinoceros Auklet

Cerorhinca monocerata

Also known as:
Rhino Auklet

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Snowy Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus

Also known as:
Kentish Plover

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Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus


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Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus


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Black Turban Snail

Chlorostoma funebralis


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Turkish Towel

Chondracanthus exasperatus


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Dead Man's Fingers

Codium fragile

Also known as:
Sea Staghorn, Felty Fingers, Sponge Weed

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Gumboot chiton

Cryptochiton stelleri

Also known as:
Giant chiton

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Grape Tongue

Cryptopleura ruprechtiana

Also known as:
Hidden Rib, Ruche

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Orange sea cucumber

Cucumaria miniata

Also known as:
Red sea cucumber

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Chainbladder Kelp

Cystoseira osmundacea

Also known as:
Bladder Chain Kelp

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Common Dolphin

Delphinus delphis

Also known as:
Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

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Humboldt squid

Dosidicus gigas

Also known as:
jumbo squid, jumbo flying squid

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Feather Boa Kelp

Egregia menziesii


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Snowy Egret

Egretta thula


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Southern sea palm

Eisenia arborea

Also known as:
Forked kelp

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Black Perch

Embiotoca jacksoni

Also known as:
Butterlips, Buttermouth Perch

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Striped Perch

Embiotoca lateralis

Also known as:
Striped Seaperch, Blue Perch, Blue Surfperch

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Southern Sea Otter

Enhydra lutris nereis

Also known as:
California Sea Otter, Sea Otter

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Gray Whale

Eschrichtius robustus

Also known as:
Grey Whale, Devilfish

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Feather duster worm

Eudistylia polymorpha


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Vancouver feather duster worm

Eudistylia vancouveri


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Steller Sea Lion

Eumetopias jubatus

Also known as:
Northern Sea Lion

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False ochre star

Evasterias troschelii


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Tufted Puffin

Fratercula cirrhata

Also known as:
Sea Parrot, Crested Puffin

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Bladderwrack

Fucus gardneri

Also known as:
Rockweed, Popweed

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American Coot

Fulica americana

Also known as:
Marsh hen, Mud hen

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Northern Fulmar

Fulmarus glacialis


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Common Loon

Gavia immer


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Pacific Loon

Gavia pacifica


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Risso's Dolphin

Grampus griseus


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California Condor

Gymnogyps californianus


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Black Oystercatcher

Haematopus bachmani


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Red Abalone

Haliotis rufescens


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Flat Abalone

Haliotis walallensis


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Black Abalone

Haliotis cracherodii


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Pinto abalone

Haliotis kamtschatkana

Also known as:
Northern abalone

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Sea Sacs

Halosaccion glandiforme

Also known as:
Dead Man's Fingers, Salt Sacs

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Horned Aeolid

Hermissenda crassicornis

Also known as:
Thick-horned Hermissenda

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Opalescent Aeolid

Hermissenda opalescens


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Kelp Greenling

Hexagrammos decagrammus


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Black-necked Stilt

Himantopus mexicanus

Also known as:
Daddy Longlegs, Stilts, Longshanks

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Garibaldi

Hypsypops rubicundus

Also known as:
Garibaldi Damselfish

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Kellet's whelk

Kelletia kelletii

Also known as:
California conch

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Setchell's kelp

Laminaria setchellii

Also known as:
Split Blade Kelp, Southern Stiff-Stiped Kelp

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Western Gull

Larus occidentalis


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Heermannís Gull

Larus heermanni

Also known as:
White-headed Gull

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California Gull

Larus californicus


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Marbled Godwit

Limosa fedoa

Also known as:
Aguja canela, Picopando canelo, Aguja moteado, Zarapito moteado (Spanish)

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Northern Right Whale Dolphin

Lissodelphis borealis


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California Market Squid

Loligo opalescens

Also known as:
Opalescent inshore squid

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Owl limpet

Lottia gigantea

Also known as:
Giant owl limpet

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Masking crab

Loxorhynchus crispatus

Also known as:
Moss crab, decorator crab, spider crab

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Giant Kelp

Macrocystis pyrifera


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Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae


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Surf Scoter

Melanitta perspicillata

Also known as:
Skunk-headed coot

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Kelp encrusting bryozoan

Membranipora tuberculata

Also known as:
Lacy crust bryozoan, Kelp lace bryozoan, Encrusting bryozoan, sea mat

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Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator


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Common Merganser

Mergus merganser


Giant plumed anemone thumbnail
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Giant plumed anemone

Metridium farcimen

Also known as:
Plumose anemone, Metridium

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Northern Elephant Seal

Mirounga angustirostris

Also known as:
Sea Elephant

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Ocean Sunfish

Mola mola


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Sea lemon

Montereina nobilis

Also known as:
Nudibranch, noble dorid, sea slug

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California Mussel

Mytilus californianus

Also known as:
Blue mussel, California sea mussel

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Bull Kelp

Nereocystis luetkeana

Also known as:
Bullwhip Kelp, Orange Head, Ribbon Kelp

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Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus


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Long-billed Curlew

Numenius americanus

Also known as:
Sicklebird, Sicklebill, Big Curlew, Hen Curlew, Candlestick bird

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Black-crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax


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Red octopus

Octopus rubescens

Also known as:
Ruby octopus, East Pacific red octopus

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Lingcod

Ophiodon elongatus

Also known as:
Ling, Pacific cultus

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Spiny brittle star

Ophiothrix spiculata

Also known as:
Brittle star, serpent star, snake star

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Killer Whale

Orcinus orca

Also known as:
Orca, Sea Wolf

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Blueband hermit crab

Pagurus samuelis

Also known as:
Hermit crab, blueband hermit

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Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Also known as:
Sea hawk, fish hawk, fish eagle

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Bat star

Patiria miniata


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Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis


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American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Also known as:
White Pelican, Rough-billed Pelican, Peliano Nortamericano (Spanish)

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Dwarf Rockweed

Pelvetiopsis limitata

Also known as:
Little Rockweed, Small Rockweed

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Brandt's Cormorant

Phalacrocorax penicillatus


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Double Crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus


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Pelagic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax pelagicus

Also known as:
Bairdís Cormorant, Amchitka Cormorant, Pelagic Shag, Kenyonís Shag, Cormoran Pelagique (French), Cormorán pelágico (Spanish)

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Red Phalarope

Phalaropus fulicarius


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Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus


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Harbor Seal

Phoca vitulina

Also known as:
Common Seal, Kuril Seal

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Black-footed Albatross

Phoebastria nigripes

Also known as:
Gooney bird, Goonie bird, Goony bird, Mollymawk

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Laysan Albatross

Phoebastria immutabilis

Also known as:
Gooney bird, Goonie bird, Goony bird

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Surfgrass

Phyllospadix torreyi

Also known as:
Torrey's surfgrass

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Sperm Whale

Physeter macrocephalus

Also known as:
Cachalot

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Ochre Sea Star

Pisaster ochraceus


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Giant Spined Star

Pisaster giganteus

Also known as:
Giant Sea Star

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Short-spined sea star

Pisaster brevispinus

Also known as:
Pink sea star

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Broad-rib kelp

Pleurophycus gardneri

Also known as:
Gardner's kelp

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Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Also known as:
Grey Plover (Europe)

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Eared Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis

Also known as:
Black-necked Grebe (British Isles), Hell-diver, Water-witch

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Horned Grebe

Podiceps auritus


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Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Also known as:
dabchick, devil-diver, dive-dapper, hell-diver, and water witch

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Sea Palm

Postelsia palmaeformis


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Blue Shark

Prionace glauca


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Winged Kelp

Pterygophora californica

Also known as:
California Sea Palm, Northern Sea Palm

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Cassinís Auklet

Ptychoramphus aleuticus


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Sooty Shearwater

Puffinus griseus

Also known as:
Muttonbird, Titi

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Buller's Shearwater

Puffinus bulleri

Also known as:
New Zealand Shearwater, Grey-backed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater

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Pink-footed Shearwater

Puffinus creatopus


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Northern Kelp Crab

Pugettia producta


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Sunflower Star

Pycnopodia helianthoides

Also known as:
Sun star, Sunflower starfish, Many-legged sunflower, Twenty-rayed star

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Clapper Rail

Rallus longirostris

Also known as:
California Clapper Rail

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American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana

Also known as:
Blue shanks

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Blackeye Goby

Rhinogobiops nicholsii

Also known as:
Crested Goby, Large-scale Goby

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Blue Rockfish

Sebastes mystinus

Also known as:
Blue Cod

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Kelp Rockfish

Sebastes atrovirens

Also known as:
Kelp Cod, Rocot

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Gopher Rockfish

Sebastes carnatus

Also known as:
Gopher Cod, Rocot

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Black and Yellow Rockfish

Sebastes chrysomelas

Also known as:
China Cod, Rock cod

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Vermilion Rockfish

Sebastes miniatus

Also known as:
Red Snapper, Red Rock Cod

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Black rockfish

Sebastes melanops

Also known as:
Black Bass, Black Rock Cod, Black Snapper

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Copper rockfish

Sebastes caurinus


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Deacon rockfish

Sebastes diaconus


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Bocaccio

Sebastes paucispinis


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Canary rockfish

Sebastes pinniger


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China rockfish

Sebastes nebulosus


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Brown rockfish

Sebastes auriculatus

Also known as:
Bolinas

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Grass rockfish

Sebastes rastrelliger


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Treefish

Sebastes serriceps


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Calico rockfish

Sebastes dallii


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California Sheephead

Semicossyphus pulcher

Also known as:
Sheepie, Redfish, Humpy

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Caspian Tern

Sterna caspia


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Forster's Tern

Sterna forsteri


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Elegant Tern

Sterna elegans


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Purple sea urchin

Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

Also known as:
California purple urchin, purple urchin

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Red sea urchin

Strongylocentrotus franciscanus


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Stalked tunicate

Styela montereyensis

Also known as:
Long-Stalked Sea squirt, Monterey stalked tunicate

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Ancient Murrelet

Synthliboramphus antiquus


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Xantus' Murrelet

Synthlibroramphus hypoleucus


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Orange puffball sponge

Tethya californiana


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Leopard Shark

Triakis semifasciata


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Wandering Tattler

Tringa incana


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Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes


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Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca

Also known as:
Telltale, Tattler, Yelper

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Common Murre

Uria aalge

Also known as:
Common Guillemot

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White Spotted Rose Anemone

Urticina lofotensis


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Fish-eating anemone

Urticina piscivora


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By the wind sailor

Velella velella

Also known as:
Sailing jelly, jellyfish

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California Sea Lion

Zalophus californianus

Also known as:
Lobo-marino californiano [Spanish]

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Eelgrass

Zostera marina

Also known as:
seawrack, Zostera