Travel Theme: Animals – Tidepooling in Bandon, Oregon
Posted by Greg on October 10, 2012
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.
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!
You’ll have to get your feet wet here.
A farewell salute from a Bandon local.
If you would like to read more about tide pools and tide pool animals, here are a few related posts:
This week’s “Travel Theme: Animals” comes from Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack?
*Another tag-team post by Greg and Jody*