Down by the sea

I don't have any pictures of the super moon to show you. But lately the moon has been astonishingly big and beautiful, and as I like to say, "close enough that you can see the blue cheese."  I hope you didn't miss it. 

Not coincidentally, we are having some amazingly low tides this week in Puget Sound.  Today, Wyatt and I met up with our friends Jenny (trained as a biologist) and her daughter, Sophia, (currently a chatter box) to see what we could find on an exposed sand bar during a low -3.4 tide at Golden Gardens Park. 

We didn't have to venture far before we discovered red rock crab molts, sea slugs, a sea star, moon snail egg casings, eel grass, sea anemones, clams, a hermit crab in a very cute shell, a dead Dungeness crab, and a white shell with a hole that had been drilled by a moon snail.

Wyatt loved being outdoors and seemed to enjoy our adventure, walking most of it himself and finding every pond and rivulet with an expert eye.  He took notice of the sea star and the shell with a hole in it, which he stuck his finger into, of course.  Other than that, he was pretty much focused on the rocks, the dogs playing catch in the surf, and squishing sand between his fingers.  I don't need to tell you that he was really wet and sandy by the end, at which point he also wanted to be carried, so you can see how I got really wet and sandy by the end as well.

In case you would like to venture into the normally-under-water sea floor yourself, I'd encourage you to hit a local beach during one of the remaining low tides.  On many beaches around Seattle you will find volunteer beach naturalists sponsored by the Seattle Aquarium who are there to help you learn about what you find and answer questions. Here's a list of the remaining low tides this week:  Tuesday Low  1:12 PM (-3.3); Wednesday Low  2:01 PM (-2.7);
Thursday Low 2:52 PM (-1.8).


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