Ven. Beach WW II Gunnery Turret Base w. Shorebirds
- When Guns of War are Silent, Birds Congregate. At Emma Wood State Beach, Ventura, two 38-foot concrete rings that served as bases for large artillery canons remain from WWII. Americans feared Japanese shore attacks. One did occur, on an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, but some historians ascribe it to a disgruntled Japanese submarine captain, who was taking revenge for a snub when he was an oil tanker captain along our coast. What the shorebirds think as they scurry from the waves around it is unknown.