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Archive for the ‘Tide Pools’ Category

Picture Perfect October Day at Coronado Beach

Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015

Running is a Popular Activity on Coronado's Central Beach

Running is a Popular Activity on Coronado’s Central Beach

If you’re a beach lover visiting the San Diego area, Coronado Beach certainly needs to be on your “to-do” list! Better yet, make Coronado your destination and have San Diego be the extra thing “to-do.” Coronado Central Beach is one of the most spectacularly wide stretches of soft golden sand we’ve ever visited. It’s definitely worth the trip. And that trip gets even better if you take the 15-minute Coronado Ferry ride across the bay from San Diego’s Broadway Pier.

Coronado’s pristine Central Beach lies along Ocean Boulevard where you just might find free parking – if you don’t choose the ferry ride. You’ll have to be an early bird (or just really, really lucky) to get a nearby parking spot on the weekend. Public restrooms are available and helpful, friendly lifeguards are on duty into the evening hours.

Picture Perfect October Day

Picture Perfect October Day

Coronado's Beach Chair Program

Coronado’s Beach Chair Program

Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower.

Blue Skies and Perfect Temps

Blue Skies and Perfect Temps

Looking West from The Hotel Del

Looking West from The Hotel Del

The Sandcastle Man Was Here!

The Sandcastle Man Was Here!

The Perfect Day on Coronado's Beach

The Perfect Day on Coronado’s Beach

Coronado Beach is a great family beach. Even Fido is welcome at the far north end of the strand.

October Sky

October Sky

The Hotel del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado

Coronado's Wide Beach

Coronado’s Glorious Wide Sand Beach

It’s no wonder Dr. Beach proclaimed Coronado Beach “America’s Best Beach” in 2012!

Beach Treasures

Beach Treasures

We joined a few folks who were busy tide pooling at the riprap in front of “The Del” during low tide. Little bitty sand dollars were the prized beach treasures on this absolutely gorgeous October day.

~~~ Have a great day at the beach! ~~~

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Bob’s Bay: Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand

Posted by E.G.D. on March 17, 2015

Jody and Greg in Picton (I don't have any idea who took this picture, as Jody and Greg are both in it!)

Jody and Greg in Picton (I don’t have any idea who took this picture, as Jody and Greg are both in it!)

We had a lovely day in Picton, Marlborough, although our visit was shortened due to the impending weather. Picton was a substitute port for Akaroa which was threatened by the remains of Tropical Cyclone Pam. We had a fabulous time exploring this picturesque little community on the tip top of New Zealand’s South Island.

The locals were quite friendly and quick to give information and suggestions for a day in and around town. We started walking along the marina where we spotted many many-legged sea stars, a stationary carpet shark (they feed off the bottom), and a rather large ray gliding by. “Walking tracks” were all over the map so we headed out for a hike that followed the shore to Bob’s Bay.

Bob's Bay (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Bob’s Bay (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Bob's Bay (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Bob’s Bay (Photo © Jody Diehl)

It took most of the morning to enjoy the sometimes-challenging hike and be absolutely dazzled by the scenery of Queen Charlotte Sound. We returned by Upper Bob’s Bay Track and headed into town for a snack and a look around the shops. We had Hokey Pokey ice cream cones, a New Zealand specialty vanilla & honey comb concoction that was oh-so tasty.

Bob's Bay Tide Pool! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Bob’s Bay Tide Pool! (Photo © Jody Diehl)

The day ended with a steady rain as the Queen Victoria headed for Cook Strait and our journey to Wellington. We experienced our roughest seas to date as the commodore attempted to outrun some much worse weather and expected high swells.

Have a wonderful yesterday! – Jody & Greg

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A Friendly Reminder

Posted by Jody on March 14, 2014

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”

~ John Howard Payne

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge topic is “Inside.”

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Related Link: Hermit Crab: A Different Kind of Beachcomber

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Hermit Crab: A Different Kind of Beachcomber!

Posted by Jody on February 4, 2014

Whether you’ve been tidepooling, beachcombing or have simply enjoyed a leisurely stroll on the sand, you have probably come upon a hermit crab or two! Hermit crabs are abundant in tidepools and along the seashore. They can be found living in abandoned marine snail (gastropod) shells and, less commonly, in other hollow objects (e.g., coral, rock or wood).

Look closely! Do you see the legs of the hermit crabs scooting around in this LaJolla tidepool?

Hermit Crabs in a La Jolla Tide Pool

Hermit Crabs in a La Jolla Tide Pool

Cool, huh?

Animal Planet states, “Unlike true crabs, hermit crabs have soft, vulnerable abdomens. For protection from predators, many hermit crabs seek out abandoned shells, usually snail shells. When a hermit crab finds one of the proper size, it pulls itself inside, leaving several legs and its head outside the shell. (A hermit crab has five pairs of legs, but not all of them are fully developed.) A hermit crab carries the shell wherever it goes. When it outgrows its shell, it switches to a larger one. Most adult hermit crabs are from 1/2 inch (13 mm) to 4 3/4 inches (121 mm) long. Living on the seashore, in tidepools, and on the sea bottom in deeper water, hermit crabs scavenge their food.”

Liam's find is a hermit crab's home!

Liam’s find is a hermit crab’s home!

According to a Marine Parks Western Australia webpage, the biggest threat to hermit crabs is people!

1) While beach goers are often searching for the most beautiful seashells to carry home, they might also accidentally collect the little shore critters who have carefully selected the same shells as their beachfront condos! One hermit crab’s home, in turn, unintentionally becomes a beachcomber’s “beach treasure.”  Hermit crabs are amazingly good at hiding inside their shells to protect themselves from discovery. Before we put those seashells in our brightly colored plastic pails, we really should inspect each shell very carefully for signs of a resident hermit crab.  When our 5 year old grandson, Liam, found an absolutely gorgeous moon snail shell on a beach near Galveston Island, TX, we didn’t see a little hermit crab inside. Then we did. Then we didn’t!! Hermit crabs are very clever and quite skillful at stealing themselves away in their homes.

2) It’s no surprise that the prized larger seashells are favored by shell collectors. This sometimes leaves slim pickings for growing, house hunting hermit crabs. *This is one very practical reason that beaches sometimes have collection limits for unoccupied seashells of 1 gallon, 5 gallons, etc. per person.*

3) Other hermit crabs are taken home deliberately to become pets. *It’s important to remember that live collection of  shore life is prohibited on many beaches!* Marine Parks WA reminds us: “Hermit crabs make popular pets, but you should never ever take one from the wild. They should remain in its natural habitat to form an important part of the marine food chain and, if removed, are likely to die within days in any case.”

Alaskan Hermit Crab (Photo: Jan Haaga, PD-USGov-NOAA)

Related beachcombing posts: Tidepool Etiquette 101

Beachcombing? Shelling Regulations Abound. Know Before You Go!

Beachcombers Beware ~ Regulation Variation at National Seashores

Happy beachcombing to you and to our little ten-legged seashore friends!

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Morro Bay, California – Sea Stars, Sand Dollars & Surfers

Posted by Jody on October 15, 2013

We just love returning to the beaches of Morro Bay, California. Nestled on the Pacific Ocean about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay is home to one of the most fascinating coastal environments you’ll find anywhere.

Sea Star, Morro Bay, California (Photo by Jody Diehl)

Our family loves exploring the tide pools near “El Morro” (aka: Morro Rock). We’re never disappointed with the rich variety of marine life we find near the rocky breakwater.

Heading out to explore the tide pools in almost any weather is well worth the time and energy. You’ll be so glad you did. Keep your eyes open! You’ll have to look under and around rocks to spot the beautifully colored sea stars and sea anemones. Smaller crabs will scurry into the riprap, waving and drumming their pincers to warn you off. It’s a really cool sound (Don’t worry about embarrassing them, though – they never seem put off that you’re laughing at their bravado)! The larger crabs won’t pay you any mind at all. Years ago, Greg and I even came across a young seal resting on the sand. That was a real bonus!

The Crab Who Didn’t Care, Morro Bay, California (Photo by Jody Diehl)

On the way back toward town, check out the bay side water to see if you can catch a glimpse of the very entertaining otters.

If bird watching is your jive, the Morro Bay area is home to over 250 species of birds (including peregrine falcons), a fact that this quaint fishing village celebrates each year with the Winter Bird Festival weekend.

Beach and coastal activities are numerous in Morro Bay. If you check out the beach to the north of Morro Rock, you’ll inevitably find surfers, even if they’re just hanging out waiting for the next set of waves. This strand is also where a bounty of sand dollars can be found (be careful not to collect the live ones).

If you look to the south of Morro Rock toward the placid waters of the protected bay, you’ll see kayaks gliding amongst the moored sail boats.

Kayak in Morro Bay, California (©Jody Diehl)

It always seems to be a bit misty when we’re visiting Morro Bay, and mornings can be pretty nippy out on the water. You might want to wear layers and bring along rain gear, just in case. Your sturdy beach-trekkers will be perfect for climbing over the uneven rocks around the tide pools.

Where is your favorite tide pooling spot? We’d love to hear about it!

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Posted in Beach and Coastal Wildlife, Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Northern California Beaches, Tide Pools | Tagged: , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Forgotten Cornwall

Posted by Jody on September 23, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Ruth Mitchell.

On the South East tip of Cornwall, just across the Devon, Cornwall border, you will find what is affectionately known as Cornwall’s Forgotten Corner. Whitsand Bay is a four mile stretch of white sand (when the tide is out) starting from Rame Head in the East and finishing at Portwrinkle, although on clear days you can see all the way down the coastline as far as the Lizard. It’s a fantastic holiday spot for families as it really harks back to a time when there was nothing but good old seaside fun, rockpools to play in, soft rolling waves for swimming and at low tide miles of sand for those castles. When the tide comes in, it creates lots of small coves where you can stay and barbeque your supper and watch the amazing sunsets.

Cornwall's Forgotten Corner by Ruth Mitchell

Cornwall’s Forgotten Corner by Ruth Mitchell

The bay has three old fortifications, one is still used by the Ministry of Defence and towers over the beach like a fairytale castle, another is now a wedding venue with awesome views and the last, a holiday village with chalets and camping. Beyond Rame Head are the small smugglers villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, Whitsand was a prime location to land the cargo, as it was so cut off. Today divers can explore two local wrecks that are in the bay the HMS Scylla and the James Egan Layne and with a golf course on the cliffs at Portwrinkle there really is something for everyone here on the forgotten corner.

About the Author: Sea Field View is a chalet that belongs to me, Ruth Mitchell, Performer and Theatre Maker. When my partner got a job at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, we moved down to the South West and bought the chalet three years ago. My blog tells people about life on a Cornish Cliff. As well as using it for ourselves, which we love, we sometimes rent it out as a holiday let, here is the link which tells you all about it. Sea Field View

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The Beach at Cannery Row (Monterey, California)

Posted by Jody on June 13, 2013

John Steinbeck Sculpture at Cannery Row >>> This way to the beach!

John Steinbeck Sculpture at Cannery Row >>> This way to the beach!

Plaza Entrance to the Beach at Cannery Row

Plaza Entrance to the Beach at Cannery Row

Cannery Row's Beach

Cannery Row’s Beach

The Beach at Cannery Row, Monterey, California

Self Portrait at Cannery Row’s Beach – Looking across Monterey Bay

“The tide goes out imperceptibly. The boulders show and seem to rise up and the ocean recedes leaving little pools, leaving wet weed and moss and sponge, iridescence and brown and blue and China red.”

~ John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

Summer reading: I just finished reading Cannery Row (thoroughly enjoyed it) and have now moved on to John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley (loving it!).  Steinbeck sure did know how to weave a captivating  tale!

What’s on your summer beach reading list? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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City of Monterey, California

Cannery Row: Looking Back – John Steinbeck

National Steinbeck Center

Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Just one more thing: Flag Day USA is tomorrow, June 14th. ~ Fly em’ high! ~

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Weekend’s Rock!

Posted by Jody on February 9, 2013

~Home Sweet Home~

Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California

Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California

Take a closer look! You’ll find that this beautiful Southern California tide pool environment is home to numerous species of marine life. Sea anemones, gooseneck barnacles, California mussles, and black tegulas (among many others) all live here in the rocky intertidal zone of Cabrillo National Monument.

Black Tegulas (Tegula funebralis)

~A Rocky Bungalow~
Black Tegulas (Tegula funebralis)

Black Tegulas (Tegula funebralis) are extremely common finds along the Pacific coast of the United States.  Also known as Black Turbans, they live along the shoreline and rocks of the upper and middle intertidal zones from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to the central Baja California peninsula. These little beauties are often found packed tightly into neat and tidy clusters on rocky surfaces and in crevices.

Would you  like to know more about tidepooling in Southern California?  Here are a few helpful links:

Tide Pool Etiquette 101

A Visit to the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California

Picture Perfect La Jolla Cove and Beach, Southern California

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

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Weekend’s Rock!

Posted by Jody on December 30, 2012

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock is located near Cannon Beach on the North coast of Oregon, Haystack Rock is a unique monolith that attracts wildlife and tourists alike. Towering 235 feet over the beach, the Rock is home to nesting seabirds in the summer and marine invertebrates all year long. It is one of the largest “sea stacks” on America’s Pacific coast.

The rocky reefs of Haystack Rock and the neighboring Needles have abundant and rich intertidal life. Tidepoolers are drawn to its wonders every day. As many as 200,000 people visit Haystack Rock every year, mostly during the summer months when the tidepools are teeming and the nesting seabirds, proudly showing off breeding plumage, are busy introducing little ones into the world. Haystack Rock is protected under Fish and Wildlife regulations as a Marine Garden and a seabird nesting refuge.

Source: City of Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon

We stop for a leisurely barefoot stroll on Cannon Beach every time we visit Oregon’s wild and wonderful coast.  The wide, sandy shoreline somehow always seems uncrowded.  Cannon Beach’s beautiful, clean strand is  always worth the time.
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Be sure to bring your binoculars so you can spot the well-coiffed resident Tufted Puffins throughout the spring and summer months!

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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*

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