What are tide pools?
A tide pool is an isolated pocket of seawater found in the ocean’s intertidal zones, which are areas where the ocean meets the land: from steep, rocky ledges to long, sloping sandy beaches and vast mudflats. –NOAA Ocean Service
Watch this great video by Coyote of Brave Wilderness as he finds sea stars, yellow-bellied sea snakes, pufferfish, and a baby octopus! “Get ready… exploring for tide pool creatures is always an amazing adventure!”
Tide Pool Tips
The best time to visit tide pools is at low tide.
Bring a bag with you to pick up any plastic, paper, glass, or metal trash on the beach.
Find footholds on bare rocks, which are less slippery than those colonized with algae and other sensitive sea life.
If you peek under a rock, put it back where and as you found it. Leave the animals and plants alone.
Do not collect intertidal species. It is illegal to do so in many areas.