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Cayucos is home to many species of marine wildlife, and the pier is one of the best spots to see them! Watch sea birds dive, otters float, or dolphins surf. Scan the horizon for whale spouts of breaches. Listen for sea lions barking on Mouse Rock.

Kelp beds, to the left, provide protection and food for marine mammals. Explore the tide pools to the north and see more wildlife including starfish, sea anemones, crabs, or sea urchins.

Be a wildlife steward. Give animals the space they need to eat, rest and socialize. Keep your distance and please do not touch, feed or chase wildlife. Enjoy and help protect this diverse and fragile marine environment.

The Whale Trail sign is located on the Cayucos Pier and supported by VisitCayucos, San Luis Obispo County Parks, and Highway 1 Discovery Route

The Whale Trail is a series of sites where the public may view orcas, other cetaceans and marine mammals from shore. Learn more in this video

Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing a network of viewing sites along the whales’ trails along the Salish Sea and the Pacific Coast.

Our goals are as follows:

  1. Increase awareness that our marine waters are home to orcas and other species
  2. Connect visitors to orcas, other marine wildlife and their habitat
  3. Inspire stewardship and build community
  4. Promote land-based whale watching

Listen to the interview about the Whale Trail here and read more in the Pasadena Independent article here.


Cayucos Pier
Cayucos, CA 93430




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