San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 15, 2022
Tide pooling is my favorite beach activity. I've been sitting on "go" since we arrived just waiting for a negative low tide. Finally last Friday, it was a -0.4 tide at 2:00 pm and we were out the door headed for La Jolla shortly after noon. From the moment we park, my heart beats a little faster ! La Jolla is such a picturesque and camera fun place to visit.
This time of year, the seals are in the Children's Pool. They have the sweetest faces and even though they don't move around much, their playful antics are amusing.
La Jolla and colorful flowers just go together.
I began exploring tide pools right here in San Diego in March 2013 at Point Loma. Through the years I have been fortunate to see a variety of star fish, mussels, crabs, hermit crabs, and even a lobster. I'm not disappointed in Friday's pooling, but was surprised at the lack of variety.
There were lots of anemones, hermit crabs, mussels and the sea grasses were especially pretty, but that was about it.
|The anemone's mouth is in the center surrounded by tentacles that gather food. This anemone was completely submerged.|
I'm always fascinated by nature. Frequently, an anemone will cover itself with bits of shells when it is out of the water. The bits of debris reflect light to keep it cooler and reduce water loss.
|These tiny long-clawed hermit crabs were hard to capture with my phone. I didn't have the underwater camera. It was fun watching shells scooting in all directions.|