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December 2021

Fall fades to winter this month, with cold days and plummeting ocean temperatures. Catches from the Pier dwindle to mostly clearnose skates and spiny or smooth dogfish.

But the sea offers different types of gifts in December, including shells of all types — whelks, moon snails, clams, scallops, oysters and even a holiday special, jingle shells. Go beachcombing barefoot in the orange haze of sunrise for your best shot at finding keepers.

Other cold-weather treats served up by Mother Nature are marine mammal sightings and waterfowl fly-bys. Bottlenose dolphins and their larger cousins, whales, make thrilling appearances all winter.

On the horizon, spouts created from exhaled breaths signal whales, passing from north to south. These sea creatures are typically visible with the naked eye, but photographers with long lenses and birdwatchers with binoculars can lock in for tighter views.

So, make time to swing by the Pier, walk out, and see for yourself.

While you’re here, visit the Pier Shop, where Santa’s helpers can help you find warm, snuggly hoodies you’ve been looking for all fall.

You’ll also find stylish waterproof surf watches, and of course Jennette’s Pier logoed hats and T-shirts. If you’re lucky enough to spy a dolphin at sea, commemorate the day by purchasing one of our plush stuffed animals!

We also have plenty of fine fishing tackle, the gear used by scores of successful anglers on the Pier all year long. And remember, Pier passes make great stocking stuffers. Purchase a 3-day, a 7-day, or an annual pass good for 365 days.

If you’re too full of feasting to physically go shopping, let cyberspace lead you to our online selections!


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