lunch break: tide pool treasures
A Sunday at the coast is always a fun day at the coast, even if the surf isn’t up to par. While we were waiting for the tide to come in a bit at Agate Beach, Sylvan, our good friend Martin, and myself explored the fleeting tide pools along the base of the Yaquina Headland. This basalt headland is rather magnificent, especially once you get up close and personal to see all the amazing living sea creatures that reside there.
If you look but don’t touch, you get to see the Giant Green Anemones (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) in all their brilliance. Once these little guys feel your touch (or the presence of a PREDATOR!), they retract their bright blue-green tentacles and retreat back into their drab brown pocket casing…sort of like a Popple! I can’t help but want to hug and squeeze these lil’ of-another-world cuties!
BUT — these harmless looking creatures do use stinging cells found in their tentacles when necessary. Whether for protection from predators or to capture prey, they are geared and ready! Ouch!
Luckily, I’ve never felt a sting…and like any curious kid, I have taken the chance many a time.
It’s so fascinating that you can explore the rock crevices during low tide, which are otherwise usually obscured or hidden from two-legged folk. You get to take a glimpse of what lies under the sea! Sebastian knew what was up when he sang out:
Under the sea
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea
Gosh dang, look at all those creature treasures!*
* there might be a slight chance that not all of these creature treasures made it against the temporary, but fatal contact to air, birds, and sunshine…
And now time to surf!
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