Emma Wood State Beach

I grew up in a family that enjoys going camping a lot, especially at the beach. One of our favorite beaches to go to is Emma Wood. We even camp there. Just off the 101, this beach offers very unique views of the ocean. It also provides an amazing backdrop for pictures, especially when the sun is setting as you can see in my pictures. Every time I’m at this beach, there is always people surfing and fishing. The weather is always perfect, providing sun with a light breeze during the day and overcast cold temperatures at night.

With this past visit, I decided to take a animalistic approach to studying the beach and its ecosystem. I really paid attention to the sea and shore life that were there throughout the day. Obviously, there are a lot of birds. However, at other beaches I have visited, the birds tend to drift away as the sun goes down. At Emma Wood, I noticed different breeds of birds flocking to the shoreline as the sun set. Seagulls went away, and instead came a new type of bird (which I don’t know the name of). I noticed that a majority of the birds there were digging their beaks deep into the wet sand, probably trying to get little sand crabs and other critters. Emma Wood has also become popular for dolphin and sea lion sightings. When high tide is in, most of the camping spots put you right up against the water. So, you have a good view right below you and the rocks. In my experience, I saw more sea lions than dolphins. They even came pretty close to the rocks. When the tide goes back out, the shoreline is scattered with rocks and more sea life. There are many starfish and urchins that make there way up to the shore. I was happy to see that most of the tourists and travelers walking along the beach left the sea life alone. There was no tampering, and people weren’t even picking up shells, which is common among local beaches. It was very peaceful seeing all the animal life live together in one area. In one area you had starfish getting some air and sun in the rocks at low tide, and birds diving into the water to catch fish at high tide.

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