Oregon’s Amazing Coastal Tidepools08/02/2021 ● By Taj Barnhart Morgan
Feel free to poke around the water's edge to observe marine life — just be mindful of treading carefully to protect living organisms and be aware of the ocean at all times. Sneaker waves can come farther up and further in than expected. Observe all posted notices and stay back from cliffs and rough shore break. Stay with your children and encourage them to be respectful of the fragile marine life. After tidepooling, have them draw what they observed (just like a marine biologist!) and look up the organisms online.
Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint offers three easy to access tide pools at Neptune, Strawberry Hill and Bob Creek.
Look for sea anemones, sea squirts, sea stars, urchins, crabs, barnacles, mussels, snails, limpets, chitons, sponges, octopus and fish. You may also see rockweed, sea lettuce, sea palm, kelp, gulls, oystercatchers, shorebirds and harbor seals.
Beachcombers can follow the same tidal guidelines. But in
the tide pools, this isn't beachcombing so please don't collect what you see -
alive or dead! So much life is growing on every surface. Rocks and shells may
be homes or protection for other living things, attached or hiding underneath.
Step only where there is bare rock or sand to avoid crushing delicate
organisms. If you pry something from its rock, it will die, so only touch or
poke gently without moving it.