The littoral current is shown transporting and ultimately depositing sand in the entrance to Santa Barbara Harbor forming a sandspit at the end of the breakwater. Left unchecked, sand would fill in and close off the harbor entrance.
sand deposition line 2015 04-28 SB Harbor-002
From 2015 04-28 SB Coast
Sometimes one photo can tell the whole story. Here we see an active oceanic hot spot with a feeding frenzy of common dolphins and sooty shearwaters. Soon, the tall spout of a humpback whale is seen as the big cetacean joins the banquet
Megaptera novaeangliae spout in line of Delphinus & Puffinus 2014 07-11 SB Channel West-006