{Tidepool Exploration} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

Living here in the lovely Pacific Northwest, we’re very lucky to be able to go to the beach and explore the sand and surf. Along with building sandcastles, my kids love to explore the tide pools. It’s a lovely reminder of the wonderful and fragile ecosystem surrounding us, and which we live alongside. There are a few things we do to make a trip to the tide pools more memorable:

Tide Pools Checklist:

  • Check times for low tides. I like going to the NOAA website, or your local newspaper (like the Seattle Times) will have it listed as well, usually under the weather section.
  • Bring appropriate clothing, including footwear. Rocks are slippery, so flip flops would not be a good choice. A sturdy shoe with good traction and grip will prevent cut feet or turned ankles.
  • Likewise, it’s good to have a full change of clothes in the car, just in case. Like, a brother dumps a full bucket of water on top of another brother’s head.
  • have the kids bring a bucket (or a flat tupperware container)
  • if you have it, bring along some popsicle sticks and string. You can mark off a square section of the tide pools (use the sticks as fence posts, and rope the string around to make the square). Makes a great and quick observation point for kids, especially small ones who may be overwhelmed with everything.
  • for bigger kids, have them bring along a magnifying glass as well to check out sea animals.
  • Remember, tide pools are animal homes. So talk to your kids about not removing animals to take home, etc. In my pictures, you do see my kids handling sea stars and hermit crabs, but I made sure they replaced them where they found them. We talked about how it would be if someone came and removed them from our house, and how they would not like that very much. Practice good, ecological etiquette so others can also enjoy the tide pools as well.

 

At Marina Beach Park during a neap tide. See how far out the low tide went?

 

Sunhat? Check. Boots? Check. Bucket? Check.

 

Tide pools aren’t only found in the subtidal area left after a high tide leaves, they can be found amongst the rocks in the intertidal area as well.

 

 

Don’t forget the appropriate footwear! My son loves his ladybug rainboots.

 

In cases when you don’t plan ahead, the tide pools can provide you with these fabulous seaweed footwear instead.

 

Checking out the sea life.

 

The best thing about tide pool exploration is the sense of wonder by all ages! You’re never too old, or too young, to be too cool to check out tide pools.

 

A very serious discussion about where to explore next.

Tiny hermit crab! My oldest actually would stalk out a tide pool for half an hour to watch a hermit crab move to a new shell home.

 

Starfish in your hand! My youngest said that it was very tickly, and not like a spider at all.

 

The boys were quite intent on all the new discoveries they were making left and right among the tide pools.

 

Don’t forget about looking down inside the rocks either. We found this between rock crevasses. It’s either a flattened sea anemone or a sea cucumber

 

Another hermit crab! You can see the little antennae poking out towards my son’s thumb.

 

After closer examination in our buckets, we put everything back in their original tidepool “families”.

And one last cool find! ¬†We found this guy clinging to some rocks. We believe it’s a tonicella chiton.

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One Response to “{Tidepool Exploration} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer”

  1. Ticia says:

    I remember loving going to tide pools as a kid. Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

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