Lowest Tide

 

Wrack

Yesterday it was the lowest tide of the year…

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Little Pool

…in fact, due to the conjunction of lunar and terrestrial cycles, it was the lowest tide for almost 20 years, a “minus tide” even lower than the average lows.

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small barnacles

Sitka descended past the little barnacles…

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Bigger barnacles

…and down past the large barnacles…

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Sea beings

…to the very floor of the ocean…

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Little cave

…where the sea animals are not used to being exposed, like this Anemone – hanging upside down and dangling its tentacles…

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Anemones

…and this Anemone wedged into a crack with its barnacle, sponge and algae friends!

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Under

It is a curious feeling to be below sea level, but not under the sea…

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Sponge

…visiting the algae and the animals in their salty homes…

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small Blood Star

A little Blood Star said hello!

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seastar

Interesting animals are buried deep beneath the rafts of seaweed – you don’t notice them unless you lift it up…

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Crab

…of course that is their intention and they can get crabby if you disturb them…

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Blood Star

…so you must return the animals to their safe damp places and cover them up so they can survive until the tide comes back in.

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seaweed

This plump and salty seaweed capsules squirt if you step on them!

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Amaze

The world is amazingly complex and beautiful…

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Undersea

Sitka  marvels at the things she is discovering – from tree to sea!!

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18 thoughts on “Lowest Tide

  1. What a myriad of life you, Sitka and your camera have presented us with today, ah hem, as well as the ocean’s unveilings today also. I have no words for the wonders that have been unveiled…just amazement.

  2. wow….you live in such a marvelous place. having never seen a barnacle much less an ocean floor I am properly amazed!! Thank you Quimper human and Sitka for such a glimpse!

    • We do live in a marvellous place – we are so lucky! The Quimper Hittys couldn’t help remembering the Original Hitty’s story in the book, where she reminisces about some quite amazing adventures, floating in the tides, rescued from a tide pool and living as a castaway on the beach for a while…

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