Why the fog? Upwelling and a food-filled ocean
June gloom has settled upon San Francisco, and maybe you have been wondering why does the fog roll in just when everywhere else is pulling out swimsuits, beach blankets and sunblock?
Fog is a part of living in San Francisco, and a result of living near the food-filled California Current. The nutrient rich waters of the California Current are why so much wildlife lives in and visits the Sanctuary each year. Upwelling pushes deep ocean water, which is rich in nutrients, closer to the surface where sunlight helps spark the growth of abundant plankton, the base of the marine food chain, and those nutrients continue up through krill, fish, birds, marine mammals and even white sharks. The colder water also cools the air, leading to the coastal fog that blankets San Francisco in the summer and catches tourists unaware. Learn more about upwelling...
Join our Krill Club! Make a difference every month!
Just as plankton and krill form the basis of the marine food chain, our krill club of monthly donors is an important support for all of the work FMSA does! Krill club members can donate at any level and receive member benefits - that include a free gift (see below), discounts for our Creature Feature program, Sports Basement, and San Francisco Whale Tours! Become a krill club member today!
Wildlife Spotlight: Krill!
Krill are vital to the wildlife of the California Current, and to marine wildlife all over the world, including the largest mammal to ever live - the blue whale! These tiny creatures occur in giant masses in all of the world's oceans...learn more about Krill... (Photo from the ACCESS Partnership)