Our Entertaining Ocean

WaveCollision reduced.JPGBravo to the Pacific Ocean for putting on a great show the past few weeks. The huge, powerful waves and extreme tidal fluctuations have revived interest in what is still the finest feature of Southern California, our coastline.

But wait! There’s more! Extremely low tides are due at Santa Monica and South Bay beaches this week; minus one foot tomorrow at 3:04 p.m., minus one foot again Friday at 3:36 p.m., and minus 0.9 feet Saturday at 4:07 p.m. The “minus tides” give you a rare opportunity to see and photograph the communities of sand creatures that usually hide in the shallow waters.

Today’s Daily Breeze makes the following recommendation:

Visitors to the intertidal zones are encouraged to look, but not do too much touching. Those starfish, sea anemones, muscles and snails are protected species.

“I would encourage people to be gentle and also to avoid picking up and carrying animals around,” said Susanne Lawrenz-Miller, executive director of the Cabrillo Marine Museum in San Pedro.

If you can’t play hooky and walk along one of our beaches this week, you’ll have an opportunity January 28th to see “even lower” tides, the Breeze adds.

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