• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

    Cabrillo

    National Monument California

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  • Lighthouse Will Be Closed for Seismic Retrofit April 7 through May 16

    The Lighthouse is undergoing a Seismic retrofit and will be closed from April 7 - May 16. Visitors can still access the Assistant Keepers Quarters exhibit from the south door, Lighthouse Comfort Station, and Kelp Forest Overlook. Call 619-557-5450.

  • Visitor Center Scheduled to be Closed May 19 through June 16

    The Visitor Center will be undergoing a Seismic Retrofit and will be closed. Visitors will still be able to access the Auditorium, Ballast View and the East Patio. These dates are subject to change. Please call 619 557-5450 for updated information

Terrestrial Invertebrates

Jerusalem Cricket
The Jerusalem Cricket looks frightening but is actually quite harmless. 
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Cabrillo National Monument and the Point Loma peninsula are home to a variety of terrestrial invertebrates, including insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and a snail. A genus of trap door spider is found here and nowhere else. Black beetles (stink bugs) are common here, and two species of glow worm (beetle larvae) have been found on Point Loma. Until 1995, silk-spinning crickets were found only on Catalina Island and the Tijuana hills; these wingless crickets have now been documented on Point Loma. The large Jerusalem cricket (potato bug) is found here under rocks and wood, and make a tasty meal for foxes and coyotes. The shoulderband snail emerges at night from under rocks during the rainy season.

Did You Know?

Bunker

Did you know that in World War II, the Japanese Navy was ordered to avoid San Diego because of the coastal defense systems in place, some of which can still be seen today within Cabrillo National Monument?