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What is Tide Pooling?

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What is Tide Pooling?

Can somebody explain to me what tide pooling is? I've seen it mentioned on the forum, but I don't really understand how it works and what you see.

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1. Re: What is Tide Pooling?

Simply, when the tide goes out, pools of water remain containing little critters of sea life to inspect. Here in Homer Alaskan Coastal Studies sponsors one over to Peterson Bay

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2. Re: What is Tide Pooling?

Thanks for your response. So, do you have to go with a group, or is there an area around Homer that you can explore on your own? We will be in Homer for a couple of days in August.

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3. Re: What is Tide Pooling?

It's nice to go with a guide because a trained person can point out and identify sealife which you might not have ever seen before........You can also go on your own, anywhere in Alaska.....pick up a tide book from any sport shop and it will tell you what time low tide is on any given day.......

Here in the SE on the lowest tide of the year, you will see lots of folks down by the newly uncovered ocean floor, harvesting seaweed, crabs and shellfish......

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4. Re: What is Tide Pooling?

In Homer there is Bishops Beach a short strole from Islands and Oceans, or you could park closer off of Burnell. However, the fun trip is the trip to Peterson Bay. It will cost you if you don't mind spending some. We did it last summer and the guides were quite knowledgeable

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5. Re: What is Tide Pooling?

We love tidepooling in the Pacific NW. The most interesting finds are at beaches with rocky areas; when the tide recedes you find brightly colored sunfish and little crab scurrying around.

Some photos and info in the Alaska F&G site:

www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm…

This place in Homer has tours from $5 to hundreds. Their dock tour might be a nice intro to learn about the various sea creatures. www.akcoastalstudies.org/guided-tours.html

This is place that k2iks referred to: www.islandsandocean.org/visit/index.html

If you're spending time in Homer, request the free visitor guide from the town web site. Seward too. www.homeralaska.org

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6. Re: What is Tide Pooling?

We have rented kayaks & a cabin in Halibut Cove across the bay from Homer for tide pooling the shoreline of the cove: star fish, anemones. etc

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