What’s In the Tidepools? – May 2021
As we move away from the traditional tide pool season that runs from approximately October through May, we will include more photos of other flora and fauna throughout the park. Thank you once again to all individuals who helped out at the boat incident that occurred earlier this month.
Globose Kelp Crabs are most commonly observed on very low tide days, often hiding in the surf grass. It is rare that they are found higher up in the splash zone, but this individual was likely dead.
Sand Wasps can be seen at the end of the Spur Trail digging tiny holes in the side of the sandy bluff as they hunt and/or lay their eggs. Although they are capable of stinging, Sand Wasps are not aggressive towards visitors who stroll by.
In the spring, many wildflowers bloom alongside the trails. This is Encelia, more commonly known as the Bush Sunflower, commonly seen throughout San Diego.
These bees are located along the Coastal Trail. They are on a lemonadeberry plant just north of the Spur Trail. They have been observed in this spot for several weeks. Watch your step as you go by.
While you are out roving the Coastal Trail, keep a look out for bird tracks as shown here. What type of bird was this, a seagull, perhaps a cormorant? Any guesses out there? Leave a comment below.
TPERP Patrick found a lot of grunion in the tidepools. Apparently the sea gulls found them as well, and they were hungry.
Interesting Fact: TPERP Bob pointed out that the beach between Zones 1 and 2 was historically referred to as Grunion Beach. This is referenced in one of the original Engle and Davis reports, which ultimately led to the creation of the TPERP Program.
And we leave this month with the park at sunset now that extended hours continue until Labor Day. Although the sunset was well hidden behind our May Gray, it is still a peaceful time at the tidepools after hours. If you haven’t done it yet, come out on a weekend. It’s not crowded and enjoy our park!