Really varied tidepools with great Nudibranch potential!
Pillar Point is awesome! there is a lot of variety in the types of pool left by the tide. The left hand side (looking out to sea) has some small pocket pools and a wide flat seagrass bed. there are lots of accessible little pools near the beach and there's a small cut parallel to the beach which is a good place to spot fish.
The pools along the deeper ravine at a 90% angle to the beach have giant green anemones, acorn barnacles and is where you'll want to head to find nudibranchs. There are some sea palms and varied fauna on the rocks next to this ravine also.
This area is a popular surfing spot, also known as Mavericks when the tide is high and the waves can come in fast and strong so you'll need to watch your back and don't underestimate the tide. The smaller cut parallel to the beach fills in first so do wear water shoes!
Good times to visit in the next 30 days
To get the most out of tidepooling, you'll want to go when the tide is low so that the rocks of the beaches are visible and as the ocean tide gets lower it leaves behind little pools of water in which you can see lots of fun critters!
Try to arrive before the lowest tide time, so that you can have some fun on the tidepools before the tide rises again. Below are the four best low tides for Really varied tidepools with great Nudibranch potential! in the next 30 days during daylight hours.
Saturday 3rd October 2020 at 6:30pm for a low tide of 0.77ft.
Thursday 15th October 2020 at 4:24pm for a low tide of 0.34ft.
Friday 16th October 2020 at 5:12pm for a low tide of -0.29ft.
Saturday 17th October 2020 at 6:00pm for a low tide of -0.72ft.
Low tides today
The lowest tide in daylight today is 2.00ft at 3:30pm
What you could see
Ochre Sea Star
Sea Clown Triopha
Hopkins's Rose Nudibranch
Giant Green Anemone
Pacific Purple Sea Urchin
- Never turn your back on the ocean.
- Wear water shoes and watch your step.
- Pack water and sunscreen.
Respect the reef
- Don't take anything from the reef, leave it for others to enjoy.
- Leave the reef as you found it, careful where you step and try not to break the reef or step on living things'
- Take all your litter back home with you.
- Take lots of photos, upload to iNaturalist for help identifying.
- If you don't see anything, sit very still, wait and watch!