La Jolla's Ecological Reserve (recently renamed Matiahuayl State Reserve) was established in 1970 to protect and conserve marine life, associated habitats and ecosystems. The reserve starts at the Seven Sea Caves and extends north to Scripps Pier. This remarkable stretch of water is home to La Jolla's Underwater Park, part of La Jolla's Submarine Canyon, giant kelp forests and rocky reef. The preserve shelters numerous species, including Leopard Sharks, Sea Turtles, Sea Lions, Dolphins and migrating Whales. La Jolla's slowly sloping ocean floor mixed with artificial reefs and kelp forests fosters gentle currents, and great ocean visibility, making La Jolla Shores a world renowned location for an ocean kayak, snorkel or stand up paddle board adventure. Only 2% of the world's ocean water is protected by state and federal law, which also makes La Jolla's ecological reserve a rare place to see undisturbed wildlife in their natural habitat.