Respect our tidepool home (2010)
Rocky Shores naturalists and state park rangers relay that message on behalf of tidepool creatures all along the Oregon coast
When you visit a tidepool at low tide on the Oregon Coast, look for an Oregon State Park naturalist or a ranger. Protecting tidepool habitat is high on their list of topics to share with visitors. They talk about the fragile relationships of creatures to their habitat, and explain the importance of tidepool life to a healthy ocean shore environment. You can learn how some creatures cling to rocks to survive, and the ways some protect themselves by changing colors. The naturalist or ranger may talk about how a barnacle feeds itself (by flipping out its feet when the waves cover the rocks they’re clinging to), or point out less commonly recognized creatures such as wildly colored sea slugs, and an ancient, snail-like mollusc called a chiton, which has magnetized iron teeth.
North coast tidepool walks are scheduled at periods of low tide during the rest of August at Oswald West (Aug. 9, 13 and 23, 8 a.m. Meet at the informational sign in the main parking lot on the east side of U.S 101) and Ecola State Park (Aug. 10 and 24, 8 a.m. Meet at the informational sign in the Indian Beach Parking area). Watch for Rocky Shore naturalists roving on the beach during low tides at Seal Rock, and at Sunset Bay and Cape Arago state parks on the south coast.
Remember to protect yourself and others while exploring tidepools. Be sure to check a tide table, and keep an eye on the ocean.