Tide pooling is an activity that we enjoyed last year in California as well as Oregon. So when we found out the tide was to be a negative tide (very low) in the next few days, we decided to try to visit the tide pools of Point Loma at Cabrillo National Monument.
This was timely, as we were planning on spending the day with our friends LuAnn and Terry. We met for lunch at Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill, a wonderful little place with some of the best fish tacos we’ve had here in San Diego (which is saying a lot).
Then off we went to the tidal pools. We walked out to the south side of the pools to get away from the crowds and to look for a sea hare that we heard was down there. One of the volunteers was perched out on the far south border of the area that’s open to the public, and told us that the sea hare had gone behind a rock.
As we continued our exploration, we noticed that there were no sea stars. Last year we saw a lot of sea stars with some sort of wasting syndrome, and were warned not to touch them, as no one knew exactly what was wrong with them. This year we heard that the sea star population from Alaska to Baja was decimated by this disease. Researchers are continuing work to understand the sea star wasting syndrome.
But we heard there were still some brittle stars around, apparently a few species of sea stars have survived the disease thus far. But many of the most common sea stars were the most affected. I miss those beautiful sea stars.
We also saw mussels, welks, barnacles, and lots of sea anemones.
Shore birds, including egrets, were wandering about on the rocks – many were fishing.
As we headed back and climbed out of the tidal pool area, we heard a group saying they had spotted octopus and some other interesting sea life – making me realize that sometimes it’s better to remain with the crowds!
After leaving the monument, we continued to Island Girl for dinner. A wonderful day with friends!
As we drove home there was a beautiful purple and red sunset. No photos, that sunset will just have to remain in our memory.
Note: We are behind on the blog by a few weeks (again!) and hope to catch up in the next week.