We just started offering a tidepooling tour to our guests. If you're not from a tidepool area, this word probably doesn't mean a whole lot, so we thought we should give our friends a little more information on tidepooling.
Tidepooling is an outdoor activity which involves visiting
the rocky intertidal zone along the coastline. The intertidal zone is the area
between the mean high tide and mean low water line. It is the home to a vast
number of species that create a balanced and very diverse marine ecosystem that
can be closely observed and enjoyed by humans. When people go tidepooling, they
explore the area, looking at the organisms they find and often photographing
Rocky coastlines create the conditions for tidepooling, with depressions in
the rock forming pools which hold seawater after the ocean recedes, allowing
animals to survive until the rising tide floods the area again. Each of these
pools can form a microcosm of life, hosting incredibly diverse creatures and
seaweed. A number of
interesting creatures can be found, including limpets, mussels, young crustaceans like crabs,
sea anemones, starfish, barnacles, urchins, sea cucumbers, and chitons can be
found in tidepools.
Here are some of our local tidepool areas:
Picnic Beach (Heisler Park Reserve)
RockPile (Heisler Park Reserve)
Bird Rock (Heisler Park Reserve)
If you are interested in setting up a tidepool tour, our Activities Coordinator would love to assist you!
Jill Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org; 949.281.5705.
Tidepools are fragile ecosystems that take many years to recover. Please do
not take any living or non-living items from the tidepools. Be cautious of
where and what you step on while on the rocks. Tidepoolers should never try to
pry organisms off the rocks, as this can hurt or kill them, and they should
watch their step to avoid crushing the animals which call the intertidal zone