The beach hopper is a common sand dwelling creature on Southern California beaches. Other small animals, such as two intertital roly polies, were once common but are rarely found on groomed beaches in Southern California. Learn more.
A variety of fishes make a living in the surf zone of sandy beaches but one Southern California fish actually comes right up on the beach! Grunion come on shore to mate and lay their eggs in the sand. Learn more.
The beach evening primrose, rooted in the dunes and showered by sea spray, is a beautiful native plant that thrives at the upper edge of the beach. Discover other plants in the coastal strand plant community including those that help construct sand dunes.