Issue 4, Summer 2019
Photo by John Gussman, Tongue Point at Salt Creek Recreation Area, WA
Photo by John Gussman, Tongue Point at Salt Creek Recreation Area, WA

Tide Pools

Issue #4, Summer 2019

Tide Pool

Wet warm sand squishes

    between my naked toes

the foamy edge of a tiny wave

    slides across my foot

       erasing its sand mud crust

my foot seeks soft places

     away from fragile sea life

hiding in gnarled nooks

    under rocks

        inside abandoned shells

a clam filter feeds

as I approach

     slamming shut

          to protect

             its tender soft parts

a tiny crab skitters

     tickles my toes

a ring of anemones

     decorate the sand

           drawing circles with their offspring

baby crabs in seaweed knots

a sand dollar nursery

a galaxy of sea stars

paint their presence on the sandy bottom

    orange and purple

the tide slides closer

    submerging life forms

shooing human toes away

    from tomorrow’s sunken treasures

— Adelia Ritchie © 2019

We hope you’ll go explore some tide pools this Summer. At the end of this article are links to a tide table and some suggestions for places to go at low tide.

Salish Magazine takes inquisitive readers outdoors with in-depth, highly visual storytelling about things people can see firsthand in our public forests and beaches.

A key focus of the magazine is to illustrate the interconnectedness woven through our ecosystems, using lenses of history, science, and culture.

Is there a tide pool in here?

Finally! All 4 Issues of Salish Magazine are online in the same place: here on our new web site (see menu above). It’s been a long and twisted journey for us to try out different platforms to find a suitable delivery mechanism for this magazine. And we really appreciate your patience as we did this.

At the bottom of each article is a Table of Contents for the issue it is in, to make it easy to navigate within a particular issue. You can select the issue you want to read in the Issue menu above.

So enjoy Salish Magazine, get inspired, and go explore the tide pools during this Summer’s low tides!

Limpets don’t normally call a lot of attention to themselves, but if you watch long enough (or use time-lapse photography), you may see them slowly creeping across a tide pool. But you won’t see this one move, it’s a bronze sculpture by David Eisenhour. Photo by Ann Welch

Table of Contents, Issue #4, Summer 2019

Windows On the Sea

Windows On the Sea

by Nancy Sefton
June 2019

A variety of sea creatures seem unfazed by the summer sun. To fully appreciate nature’s clever adaptations, one must get close up and personal.

Star Eat Star World

Star Eat Star World

by Paul Pegany
June 2019

Iconic tide pool creatures in the Pacific Northwest are sea stars and their echinoderm cousins: sand dollars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers — all with five part symmetry.

Tide Pool Seaweed

Tide Pool Seaweed

by Sara Noland
June 2019

More than just slime on the sand or a slippery coating on rocks, the wide diversity of seaweeds is integral to the ecology of Puget Sound shorelines.

Sea Cucumbers

Sea Cucumbers

by Paul Pegany
June 2019

These unassuming creatures play a vital role in the tidal environment: they are the clean-up crew: “vacuums cleaner of the sea” or “earthworms of the seafloor.”

Salish Sea Tide Pools

Salish Sea Tide Pools

by Adrianne Lauman
June 2019

Countless ecological interactions take place in the tidal pools. At low tide we can observe these interactions and gain a greater awareness of our nearshore biodiversity.

Portals of Discovery

Portals of Discovery

by Sharon Pegany
June 2019

Marine centers around the Salish Sea offer experiences and snippets of local information to prepare tide poolers for more meaningful adventures.

Postscript 4

Postscript 4

by John F. Williams
June 2019

Salish Magazine has made it through its first year! Thanks to the many people who made it possible!


Tide Table courtesy of Washington Fish & Wildlife

Some sponsored low tide events with naturalists on site to explain some of what can be seen:

Please contact us if you have additional suggestions.


Some recommended Salish Sea beaches to observe tide pools with marine life include:

  • Rosario beach and tide pools
  • Deception Pass State Park
  • Kayak Point Park Snohomish County near Warm Beach
  • Mukilteo Lighthouse Park and beach
  • Edmonds Marina Beach Park
  • Washington Park Anacortes, WA
  • Golden Gardens Park Ballard, WA

For indoor centers that feature tide pool marine life, see the list in Portals of Discovery

Salish Magazine

Publisher: John F. Williams


P.O. Box 1407 Suquamish WA 98392



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Extra special thanks to: Susan Merrill, Adelia Richie, Cheryl Lowe, Sheila Kelley, Kathleen Thorne, Georgia Browne, Andrea Jessoe, Grant Blackinton, Bob Simmons, Neva Welton, and all of the credited authors and image contributors.