Tidepooling – Point Reyes

Part IV of the Point Reyes photos adventure is tidepooling! These shots are taken at low tide on Sculptured Beach. The sea creatures here are plentiful and seemed larger than other local tidepooling areas.  I suspect this is due to the remote and relatively undisturbed location. The rocks and small caves in the area provide virtually limitless opportunity for exploration and observation. Especially intriguing were the groups of enormous sea stars piled on top of each other in a variety of colors, including orange, pink, purple, and green. Another highlight was the “fields” of thousands of mussels clinging to the lower terraces of rock. There are some beautiful anemones, and in particular I like one with purple tips. Other sea creatures included urchins, crab, small fish, barnacles, limpets and abalone. Some of my favorite photos are below (including a view of the Point Reyes coastline from the Woodward Valley Trail) with the complete album here.


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