Sunday, July 19, 2015

Neptune State Park

Minus tides on the Oregon coast continue to tempt us there for tidepooling.  This time we started out at an unnamed beach at the northern end of Neptune State Park.  But Jasper was sure it wasn't as special as our favorite spot, Bob Creek, so we jumped back in the car and headed there for some more tidepooling before the tide turned.  All the beaches in this stretch of coast between Yachats and Florence seem to have the rocky outcroppings that tidepool critters love. Even on hot days these beaches seem to be quiet, which is also rather nice. You can find minus tides (below sea level) by perusing NOAA's tide tables and lovely places to tidepool here.  At Bob Creek, we lingered as the tide came in and found lots of small agates like little jewels in the sand. 
Ochre sea stars.
Ochre sea stars and sea anemones.
Hermit crab.
Sculpin.  Jasper found it stranded in the sand and returned it to water.
Gooseneck barnacles.
Marine sponge.
Gooseneck barnacles.
Whelks.
Snail eggs?
Marine isopod.
Tube worm and sea anemones.
Ochre sea stars.
Whelks.
Shore crab.
Tiny snails and their tiny snail trails in the sand.

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