A view of the ocean from a cliff edge with large boulders in the foreground

What’s in the Tidepools? – June 2021

What’s In the Tidepools? – June 2021

(NPS Photo/P. Geisler)

Our dedicated volunteers at Cabrillo National Monument take photos of the exciting flora and fauna down in the tidepools! We want to try and capture the wonderful photos that volunteers are taking in the tidepool area. This blog post is published on a monthly basis, but we need your help. We encourage you to contribute by submitting your memorable photos and/or short videos to cnmvipvoice@gmail.com. These can be of tidepool critters, fauna, bluff collapses, sunsets or anything you consider special. Make sure you include who took the photo and the location, if possible. Will you help?

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.

Here are some highlights from this month!

This time of year Spiny lobster molts are one of the few things that we can share with visitors to give them a tide pool interpretive experience. Most of our best tides occur in the winter months. They still occur in the summer, typically the busier time of year, but just at night.

A red orange cylinder with two long antenna and eight legs.
NPS Photo/P. Raetzman

This is a blooming “Live Forever” plant (Dudleya sp.) along the east side of the road near the Entrane Station.  This succulent is native to California’s coastal cliffs, and a number of the species are considered to be endangered.

A red spindly plant with circular gray leaves resembling an octopus.
NPS Photo/J. Hunt

Ranger Kate rescues a surfboard after a surfer lost control of his board.

A woman picks up a surfboard along a rocky coast.
NPS Photo/D. Wieder

New native plants have been planted along the Coastal Trail to help restore the trail. Thank you to everyone who helped with this!

Small bushes in dirt with a rope barrier in the foreground.
NPS Photo/D. Wieder

Softball sized blobs were spotted on the ocean surface. Ranger Lauren thinks they might be the By the Wind Sailor jelly fish. Earlier this spring, many visitors and TPERPers alike spotted the 3-4 inch specimens washing up (dead) in the tidepools.

White softball sized blobs in foam on top of ocean.
NPS Photo/D. Wieder

TPERP Katrina thought it would be fun to post a side-by-side picture of the ‘Lady Fingers’ (Dudleya edulis) succulent in contrast to the ‘Dead Man’s Fingers’ algae. Lady Fingers can be found along the Coast Trail in the coastal sage scrub, as opposed to Dead Man’s Fingers (Codium fragile) which are found in the low and middle intertidal zones. 

Green finger like terrestrial plant compared to a dark green finger like marine plant.
NPS Photo/K. Gerace

One thing we can say is, there is less trash in the tidepools today than last week. Last Sunday there was an early morning tidepool cleanup during a low tide. Volunteers and staff participated in the event. Over 350 pounds of trash and debris was removed from the tidepools! Thank you to everyone who helped restore and protect the precious resource.

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