The beach that I chose to visit for the first blog post is Leo Carrillo State Beach. This beach is one of my favorites because of the super popular tide pools. I chose to go early one morning when the tide was low and was completely shocked when I arrived. After our recent lectures it was interesting to be able to view this beach a little bit differently than before. I notice now all of the cliffs and dunes around the shore and the kelp forest nearby that sometimes washes up on the shore. This beach has always had a wide variety in ecosystem because of the tide pools created by the rocky shore and the little dug out shape in the shore line of where the tide pools start. The beach is lined with mountains, both short and tall, and on this specific trip I noticed the excessive amount of large rocks pushed back on the beach and the sandy area between those rocks and the rocks that make the tide pools. The shape of the coast where the tide pools are shows a lot in terms of how the tide pools are able to remain after so many years. The coast seems protected in a way by the surrounding rocks and structure of the beach.
The organisms that live in the tide pools are the most unique and special part of the beach. Crabs, slugs, sea stars and other forms of ocean life live in and on the rocks that line the shore. During this specific trip I was able to pay closer attention to the rocks on the coast and the sand that surround it. There are a lot of washed up kelp and drift wood on the shore but some of it seems to be cleared by either pedestrians or workers. The rocks were very slippery with some different plants and algae. During my visit I found a few different sea slugs and anemone. I found a single little sea star and a ton of little crab creatures. The waves were really calm at the time that I was there. The birds were also very calm and were just kind of walking around on the shore maybe looking for some crabs. Some little fish and tiny lobsters could also be seen. I had never seen the tide that low before so the color of the plants and algae on the rocks really took me by surprise and allowed me to see what life is like for those habitats that are normally underwater.