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El Pescador State Beach is one of the three beaches that comprise Robert Meyer Memorial State Beach, the others being La Piedra State Beach and El Matador State Beach, M's favorite. El Pescador lies to the west of the other two.

Wildlife flourishes here. El Pescador translates to “the fisherman,” but there are more than just fish living in and around the water. A bit of exploring will reveal tide pools bursting with hermit crabs, brittle stars, anemones, sea snails, mussels, sea stars, barnacles, and urchins. Birdwatchers often catch sight of California brown pelicans, double-crested cormorants, sandpipers, and gulls. In the ocean you will find kelp beds that host a vibrant community of sea life including algae, lobsters, otters, seals, and a variety of fish. Unfortunately, Southern Californian kelp beds have become depleted over the past few decades, negatively impacting the food chain that affects both animals and humans. Organizations such as Los Angeles Waterkeeper are working to save the kelp beds, and certain beaches are Marine Protected Areas that have limitations on when and where fishing is permitted.

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