Point Mugu Beach

Located in between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the Point Mugu Beach is located alongside the coast near the Santa Monica Mountains inside the Point Mugu Naval Base. I decided to visit this beach and write about it as my second blog since we had the unique opportunity to spend the night on the base because of Green Generation club president, Kyle Ball, who was an active member of the Coast guard. The other thing I wanted to highlight that’s different from any other beach that I’ve ever visited was the Calleguas Creek Estuary. It was located just a couple of feet away from the campsite. This is the reason why I wanted to write about it from a biodiversity lens.

I was in complete awe because on one side of the beach you had Calleguas Creek Estuary, which is protected land and on the other side you had the beach that was to be used for recreational use. When some Channel Islands students and I decided to go play volleyball, we were able to witness a pretty big California Sea Lion come onshore. Something I’ve never witnessed was when an official taped off a perimeter where the sea lion was resting. I’m assuming it’s because they didn’t want anyone disturbing it but I’m not entirely sure. Swimming close to the shore was another California Sea Lion. As some time went by playing volleyball, there was a pod of dolphins ( either bottlenose or common dolphins). They were probably feeding on fish like the Sea Lion. As it hit nighttime and as we began to go into our tents, you can hear coyotes that were nearby. 

In the early morning I woke up to take advantage of the few hours we had left at the base before we had to leave and started observing the estuary a bit more closely. The water level actually rose compared to the day before. As I was observing this beautiful scenery, I was able to witness some different species of birds moving around that included Long-Billed Curlew, Snowy Plover, and Marbled Godwit. As many of you know, there’s a few areas where Snowy Plovers will mate and lay eggs, and this is one of the locations. There was also a California Sea Lion that was submerged in the water. 

Lastly, I just want to conclude that I was able to see a drastic difference from this beach compared to other beaches. Since access is restricted, the area looks more aesthetically pleasing compared to other beaches I’ve visited and the animals seem to thrive more in areas like this l. I understand that people want access to beaches, whether it’s for property expansion or just visiting for the day but sometimes that’s at the expense of the animals living in the area. This visit gave me a deeper appreciation of the biodiversity of the area.

4 thoughts on “Point Mugu Beach

  1. connor.french045 says:

    Great post Andres! This is pretty awesome to see and the beach is such an amazing place! I really liked your post and it stood out to me. Funny thing when I was about nine I actually was swimming and got hit in the head by a sea lion surfing the wave. I did not know what hit me and waited for a few seconds as no one came up. I turned back to see almost all of my friends out of the water already. I was terrified and never swam faster in my life. Turning around at shore I see this big black blob in the wave right where I was. Beautiful concussions. Lol just kidding I was fine 🙂

    • andres.aguilar616 says:

      Hey Connor!! Wow, that must’ve been an experience haha that’s good you didn’t get seriously injured. I would’ve been the friend going into the water to make sure my friend is ok even though I’m not the best swimmer lol

  2. daniel.siela556 says:

    Hey Andres,
    Sounds like your experience at Point Mugu was fantastic, and it seems like you got to observe a wide array of wildlife. You mentioned that being protected made the portion of beach you camped on much more aesthetically pleasing than surrounding areas, and I imagine the amount of wildlife you saw is connected to that fact as well. So with that in mind, do you think there should be more portions of the coast with restricted human access like the beach you visited? Or do you think keeping the coast open to everyone is more important?

    • andres.aguilar616 says:

      Hey Daniel, I apologize for the late response but that’s kind of a hard question to answer your question. It’s important to keep the coast open for people to visit because they should have the opportunity to visit such an iconic place that we have here on earth but I also believe there should still be portions of the coast that are restricted because of the way we have negatively impacted many places along the coast. The only thing I can hope for is more people understand the importance of the coast and how it benefits us in many ways.

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