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Posts Tagged ‘tide pool rules’

It must be a sign!

Posted by Jody on May 9, 2012

Protecting tide pool creatures and their environment is serious business on the coast of Southern California. How serious? Well, I didn’t even see any evidence of a tide pool area anywhere near this sign posted on the sandy beach in front of the Hotel del Coronado!

Coronado, California

The sign reads: “PROTECT TIDEPOOL AREA. Please do not remove or disturb sea life, shells or rocks. Thank you.”

Cabrillo National Monument, California

The sign pictured above was purposefully placed to warn everyone on the path approaching the tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument near San Diego, California. Note that even the sand is protected by federal law here!

La Jolla, California

La Jolla has many wonderful tide pooling areas up and down the coast. The La Jolla Underwater Park is a protected State Marine Conservation Area. The signs are quite specific here, and “Look, Don’t Touch” sums it all up perfectly!

Have a great day tide pooling, beachcombing or just chillin’ out at the shore!

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

Posted by Jody on February 22, 2012

Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California

By now, you may have noticed that Greg and I really enjoy going tidepooling! Not long ago, we had the pleasure of visiting the tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument, located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula (just west of San Diego). This park is an exceptional place to see tide pools chock-full of marine life. We were not so fortunate as to see an octopus or sea stars this time around, though. That would have taken a much lower tide level, and our December morning visit just happened to fall during a higher tide. If you have the luxury of time, check out the tide prediction charts provided by the Park Service (courtesy of  Scripps Institution of Oceanography).  Tide pooling, like beachcombing, has advantages if you can plan to explore at the lowest possible water level.

Gooseneck Barnacles, Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument, California

Look Closer! Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument, California

Still, even at high tide, if you look close enough and take the time to really peer into even the littlest pools, you’ll see limpets, top snails, chitons, barnacles, and hermit crabs.  Striped shore crabs, aggregate anemones and beautiful green-blue solitary anemones are also plentiful here in the high and middle intertidal zones.

A Closer Look. Tide Pool Chitons, Limpets,Top Snails, and Marine Plants

Do yourself a favor and study up a little bit before taking a trip to the tide pools. A good book on intertidal marine life will serve you well! I’ve seen people just glance around and leave, thinking there’s nothing to see. That’s a shame! Greg and I have always been amazed at what really is living in those puddles of sea water!

Solitary Anemones, Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument

If you are planning a trip to the area, be sure to have a look at the Cabrillo National Monument website for Tidepooling Tips and Rules to Protect the Tidepools. Keeping in mind that tide pools are home to an abundance of marine life, the National Park Service tells us: “For all present and future visitors to experience and enjoy the healthy and diverse tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument, guidelines are needed to minimize the impacts on organisms from the high levels of visitation.  The overriding consideration is the preservation of tidepool organisms, so no plant or animal should ever be disturbed if there is a possibility of injury.  These organisms are best enjoyed in their natural state, so the best policy is to simply observe them where they are.”

We’d sure love to hear about your favorite tidepooling spot! Please feel free to post a comment, or consider submitting a Guest Post. Happy Tidepooling!

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Tide Pool Etiquette 101

Posted by Jody on October 26, 2011

Tidepooling is one of our favorite seaside activities! Tide pools are usually quite rocky areas, filled with sea water, that are very much exposed at low tide. In fact, at low tide they are often separated from the ocean entirely. It’s so much fun to peek around in tide pools, mostly because you never know what you’ll find from day-to-day and from tide pool to tide pool.  You may be lucky enough to see colorful sea stars, sea urchins, sea anemones, turban snails, barnacles and shore crabs, all in one trip! Of course, you’ll want to check the local tide tables in order to catch a low tide for the best tidepooling experience.

Beautiful Tide Pool Sea Anemones

It’s very important to remember that tidepooling, like shelling, has “rules of good conduct.”  Here’s a short list of rules tidepoolers should keep in mind for the careful and respectful exploration of these fascinating oceanfront communities.

Tide Pool Etiquette

1) Never remove any shells, rocks, plants or animals from tide pools. (This principle goes for both living and non-living items.)

2) Please don’t poke or prod the tide pool creatures. (No explanation necessary!)

3) Resist the urge to pick up the sea critters. Prying the little guys loose can be very damaging to them. Just settle in and watch them right where they are.

4) Sturdy beach-trekkers are best for tidepooling. -You should never go tidepooling barefoot.- The rocks and barnacles can cut your feet. Also, tide pool rocks can be very slippery!

5) Walk gently, taking care not to step on any plants or animals.

6) Be careful not to disturb the tide pool rocks or lift them to look underneath. The sea creatures are under the rocks for many reasons. Exposing them to the hot sun or predators could mean serious trouble.

7) Take away only happy memories and photos of your day at the tide pools!

Southern California Tide Pool

Many localities have tide pool regulations protecting the animals and plants within the marine intertidal zone habitats.  It’s always best to know tide pool laws before you go!

You can easily check out California-specific tide pool rules and regulations: California has designated Marine Protected Areas (MPA).  According to the California Department of Fish and Game: “Some marine protected areas have overlapping boundaries. When regulations differ between overlapping areas, the more restrictive regulations apply… What are Marine Protected Areas? Marine protected areas (MPAs) are separate geographic marine or estuarine areas designed to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. There are three types of MPAs designated (or recognized) in California: state marine reserve (SMR), state marine park (SMP) and state marine conservation area (SMCA).”

Laguna Beach, California is very specific when it comes to their tide poollaws! Municipal Code: “No person shall take, possess or disturb specimens of live or dead intertidal marine animal or plant life, or willfully injure, destroy or alter marine intertidal zone habitats.” (Ord. 1470 § 1 (part), 2007).

There is so much to see in a tide pool!

Tide pool regulations: Know before you go, and have a great day at the seashore!

Here are a few other helpful links on tide pools: Hermit Crab: A Different Kind of Beachcomber!

A Visit to the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument

What will you find in a Southern California Tide Pool?

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