Seaside Lagoon, located in, Los Angeles, CA, is a man-made swimming pool. The site was chosen because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Bay. It offered a steady water supply from underground springs, which results in a near-constant pool temperature of 70 degrees.
Seaside Lagoon Wildlife
The lagoon offers a refreshing, natural environment with beautiful scenery that makes it an ideal place for relaxing. The flora surrounding this coastal body of water includes palm trees, grassy lawns, and bushes. There are many species of birds living at Seaside Lagoon along with various types of insects, both swimming and flying. The water is filled with fish of various shapes, sizes, and colors. These include flounder (who inhabit the sand near the shore), yellow-tail (who live in the deeper depths closer to the wildlife reserve), and bass (that swim deeper than its other cousins). There are also many types of mammals living in the water, including otters, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and whales.
The lagoon is home to various forms of aquatic life that are seen nowhere else on Earth. This includes a rare species of fish known as the "California Blackfish" (or "gurnard", for its loud grunting noise). This particular species of fish is especially skilled at distinguishing between sounds that are either coming from within or outside the lagoon. Upon hearing an unexpected sound, they immediately swim to investigate its source.
The water in Seaside Lagoon also contains a large number of organisms known as "jellies", which come in many different colors and shapes. While some jellies are carnivorous, surviving on the fish living in the lagoon, most of them eat plankton.
Other organisms that live here include an assortment of octopi (including the rare red-spot octopus), mysid shrimp, and marine worms. The Seaside Lagoon also has a large number of sea urchins, starfish, crabs, anemones, and sea cucumbers.
The site also has many species of algae growing in its waters. These include red tide (which causes it to turn a bloody red), brown clumps of grass-like seaweed called "Enteromorpha", and green hair-like seaweed known as "Chaetomorpha".
Seaside Lagoon Facilities
The Seaside Lagoon, despite its natural and untainted environment, has a number of amenities that appeal to the residents of Los Angeles.
There are numerous trees found in this location as well as many patches of grass, both of which are good places for picnicking. There is also a large, wooden deck that provides opportunities for sunbathing and tanning.
A concession stand offers souvenirs for sale as well as food, drinks, ice cream, fresh-squeezed lemonade (which comes in many different flavors), candy bars, and ices. There is also a gift shop with merchandise that ranges from framed pictures of the lagoon to colorful pails and shovels for children to use in the sand.