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!
Just delivered a shipment of “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” to the Birch Aquarium. Such a lovely aquarium with an emphasis on education to children. Look for my book in the Research section! https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/
“She showed me on the sand small broken bits of marine matter, driftwood, seaweed, stones, sea birds’ feathers & like black crosses, cormorants clinging to the rocks…along the coast all afternoon, sun & fog waged war. …I took off my shoes beside the fire, sand spilled from them & soon I was falling fast asleep.” — Pablo Neruda