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Travel Theme: Animals – Tidepooling in Bandon, Oregon

Posted by Greg on October 10, 2012

This way to the beach! Sunset in Bandon, Oregon

Jody and I just returned from the Oregon coast where we did two of my favorite things: exploring tidepools and seeing the grandkids (more on that soon)! The best tidepools we were able to visit close to low tide were in Bandon, a small sea coast town in southwestern Oregon, about 90 miles north of the California boarder. We stayed at a nice motel right at the beach on Coquille Point,  where we,  in shorts and water sandals, were able to head right down the stairs to investigate the beach. The late evening air and cold ocean water combined to create a numbing effect. Boy, did we freeze our fingers and toes! We were undeterred, though. The landscape was amazing, and the amount of life in the tidepools was impressive.

Take a closer look! Do you see the sea stars already?

These were the brightest green sea anemones I had ever seen. It looked like the sea stars enjoyed the real estate around the anemones, because large quantities had settled in between them. I was like a kid in a candy store! There were caves and passages in and through the huge rocks, and they were all full of tidepool animals.

We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Go ahead, get even closer!

You’ll have to get your feet wet here.

Bandon’s tidepools and rocks are teeming with colorful marine life!

Sea stars, sea anemones, mussels and barnacles in Bandon’s tide pools.

Colorful sea stars and sea anemones on Bandon’s beach.

How many sea stars?

Sea Anemones

Fellow tidepoolers enjoying a sea star supper in Bandon, Oregon.

A farewell salute from a Bandon local.

Bandon, Oregon

If you would like to read more about tide pools and tide pool animals, here are a few related posts:

Tidepool Etiquette 101 

Starfish or Sea Star?

Southern California Sea Anemones

A Visit to the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument

What Will You Find in a Southern California Tide Pool?

This week’s “Travel Theme: Animals” comes from Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack?

*Another tag-team post by Greg and Jody*


28 Responses to “Travel Theme: Animals – Tidepooling in Bandon, Oregon”

  1. Wow. these photos are unbelievable! Who knew sea stars would look so squishy and colorful! Nice post, Dad! 🙂

  2. s1ngal said

    in the pic with the seagull, looks like it’s got a swollen foot. LOL. 😀

  3. These are very cool! I’ve never been to a beach with tide pools like this so really enjoyed your photos. (And I count nineteen sea stars in the seventh photo. Not sure I got them all though.)

  4. Hi

    I used to go to Bandon often. I miss how beautiful and uncrowded it is, not like California Beaches. I used to have some amazing photographs of the starfish – unfortunately that computer was stolen. But these pictures brought back some really good memories!

    Thank you

  5. What fascinating sea creatures!!! Amazing photos, Jody!!! You actually capture the movement of the tides on film. I’m spellbound!

    • Jody said

      Thank you! It was all so amazing. We just couldn’t retreat. Finally, we had to go soak our feet in warm water. It took a little while to get the feeling back in our toes. 😉

  6. seapunk2 said

    Same species that live in the tide pools here in Crescent City. 😀

    • Jody said

      Yes! But we saw no sea monsters in Bandon. Next time in Crescent City… low tide! 🙂

      • seapunk2 said

        We had considered moving to Bandon. At the time, this was what we could afford.
        The tide has to be one of those low, lower and lowest tides to catch a glimpse of a sea monster!

  7. Cristi M. said

    I’ve nominated you for Reality Blog Award.I would be honored if you accept it.

  8. cheaphotelsme said


  9. E.G.D. said

    These photos are amazing!!!! I would totally buy several of these as prints and put them on display.

  10. mongo466 said

    Thanks for checking out my blog Jody, I realy enjoyed your pictures, having grown up in So. California I sometimes miss the beach, when younger my family used to go to the Pismo beach Sand Nationals about every other year.

  11. cbandkona said

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. Great photos! Your pics bring back memories of an Oregon trip we did years ago – even one of my weekly photo challenge pictures is from up the coast at Coo’s Bay.

    • Jody said

      Thank you! Oregon has such a beautiful coastline! This time we traveled from Crescent City, California to the Columbia River. It was such an amazing drive.

  12. niki said

    Amazing pictures and awesome sea creatures!

    • Jody said

      Thank you! We’re always amazed by tide pools. So many people just pass by or don’t get close enough for a good look. You have to get your feet wet, but it’s well worth it!

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