Port Angeles, WA
July 13, 2018
Yesterday was a most exciting day for me. The low tide was at the perfect time of day and the weather was amazingly gorgeous. Our destination, Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary, is about 15 miles from home located in the Salt Creek Recreation Area on Camp Hayden Rd.
Camp Hayden is home to remnants of the WWll-era.
Several bunkers and forts were built along the Strait of Juan de Fuca to protect the Puget Sound and the Naval Shipyard at Bremerton.
Tongue Point is so photogenic. I've enjoyed pictures of this point for years so imagine how excited I was to be taking my own.
From the parking lot...
it's a short hike to the concrete steps that drop to the ocean floor.
Just look at all the exploring that waits ahead !
Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary is the eastern most open rock intertidal habitat in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In one article I read, these tide pools that jut out from Crescent Bay are deemed world famous by marine biologists and tourists.
Joe waited at the steps. He kept my camera. The seaweed makes exploring very slippery...I couldn't afford to slip and fall with camera in hand so all the photos were taken with my phone.
|Crab in a mussel shell|
|A mama river otter swims toward her den. I was really disappointed I didn't have my camera for these photos.|
|Mama River Otter with two pups...so adorable and playful!|
|Green Sea Anemone|
|Purple Starfish...Ochre Starfish|
|Red Sea Urchin|
|Purple Sea Urchin|
|Velvety Red Sponge|
I ventured as far out onto the point as I could.
So until next time, enjoy your adventure and...
|Mountain Beaver...not really a beaver, but so named because they gnaw bark and cut off limbs in a manner to true beavers. Also believed to be the world's most primitive living rodent species. Mountain Beavers live in moist forests and ferny slopes.|
|Black-tailed mama deer and fawn|