Over the bridge...
Over the roads on moving land...
Over the perilous boulders...
To Point Vicente we go!
If it seems like we've been hitting the tide-pools a lot - we have. Low tide seems to be prevalent in the fall/winter here and in the spring/summer we go months without. I'm sure there's a reason related to astronomy which I look forward to discovering another day.
Some of the finds today:
a starfish with a sea urchin 'test' or shell.
bottom of a tiny purple urchin - you can see it's little tube feet surrounding the mouth
Jen told me the name of this today and I've forgotten already! It has some sort of drill apparatus that the animal uses to drill through the shells of its prey.
California Black Sea Hare (Aplysia vaccaria) - the largest known species of sea slug! Unlike the California Sea Hare, it is apparently incapable of producing ink.
Sea Hare Eggs
Pelicans resting on the rocks - these are amazing to watch when they glide over the water in sequence - they are inches above the water and glide in perfect sync.
I believe these are some type of tube worms
A late afternoon sundog - it only looks like a blotch of light here but you can see it's rainbow reflection on the water.
Catalina Island, a barge in the distance and that trail coming from the left of the screen in the middle of the picture is a massive pod or school of dolphins - there must have been at least a hundred of them! A bystander said it was a feeding frenzy. Whatever it was, we were thrilled to have seen it!
And no matter how many times I see that sun setting over the sea, it still takes my breath away.
This Saturday, December 4th is the lowest tide of the year in Southern California at -1'2" at 2:18pm so grab your kids and head to your favorite tidepools!