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Whalers Cove
Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Whalers Cove was the site of a whaling station and later an abalone cannery. Now it is famed as the only place for divers to enter the water at Point Lobos. Its sheltered waters are crowded with a kelp forest and rich in marine life.

The cove is backed by Carmelo Meadow, one of the few grasslands at Point Lobos. An old whaler's cabin is now a small museum.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
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Seals on the Beach Below the Whalers Cottage at Point Lobos

Seals on the Beach Below the Whalers Cottage at Point Lobos

Harbor seals feel safe enough to haul out on the beach at Whalers Cove.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Whalers Cottage at Point Lobos

Whalers Cottage at Point Lobos

The Whalers Cottage stands on the cliffs at Whalers Cove. The big iron bowls are try pots for reducing whale blubber to lamp oil.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Inside the Whalers Cottage at Point Lobos

Inside the Whalers Cottage at Point Lobos

The Whalers Cottage is now a small museum with relics of the whaling and abalone eras.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Whalers Cove

Whalers Cove

A trail follows the top of the low cliffs behind Whalers Cove.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Whalers Cove Cliffs

Whalers Cove Cliffs

The narrow beach at Whalers Cove has little surf but may disappear at high tide.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Monterey Pine Forest Near Carmelo Meadow

Monterey Pine Forest Near Carmelo Meadow

An open Monterey pine forest borders Carmelo Meadow behind Whalers Cove.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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