SUMMER TIME FINDS THE HARBOR SEAL’S RESTING OUT ON THE REEF AT LOW TIDE BECAUSE IT’S SIMPLY TOO HOT TO BE ON THE HOT BEACH SAND!
A HUGE GARIBALDI FISH GOT TRAPPED IN A TIDE POOL UNTIL HIGH TIDE! This particular reef has a tide pool shaped perfectly round with an indentation around it that is a shallow pool, which attracts lots of tiny shore crabs. The Garibaldi fish swam around and around waiting impatiently for the high tide so he could escape. The tiny shore crabs swarmed around the tide pool hole & the Harbor seals napped nearby. When a Willet shore bird came by to catch the crabs, the crabs all scurried to the edge of the reef and tucked themselves into crevices. Such is ocean life at La Jolla! You can watch a video of the Garibaldi fish swimming at YouTube: California By the Sea!
Lobster season opens in October, which means that each early morning the wooden lobster boats show up to pull up their traps, remove any legal size lobsters, re-bait the traps & return them to the sea. Life by the sea is like that, a cycle of seasons that return & repeat. A continuity of living life with constant change. A paradox of the sea always being there, but changing with every tide, every moon, every storm & even ocean warming due to climate change. It is sacred to live life by the sea. Continue reading