TIDE POOLSIssue 4, Summer 2019
Photo by John Gussman, Tongue Point at Salt Creek Recreation Area, WA
WELCOME TO THE
SUMMER 2019 ISSUE
OF SALISH MAGAZINE!
The articles listed below tell stories of some of the things you can see while exploring tide pools found on many of our Salish Sea beaches.
This summer (2019), the tides will be extremely low for several days on either side of July 4th, with more lows again in mid and late-July, and in August. Check your favorite source for tidal predictions. If you don’t already have a favorite, a simple one for Seattle is published by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Of course the low tide times vary by an hour or more around the region, and one place that tide times for specific places around Washington can be found is on the NOAA Tides & Currents site. Tides for British Columbia locations can be found on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada site.
Please also note that below the Table of Contents for this issue is an interactive map that shows some places to visit that are relevant to the articles.
table of contents
by Nancy Sefton
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.
by Paul Pegany
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.
by Sara Noland
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.
by Paul Pegany
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.”
by Adrianne Lauman
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.
by Sharon Pegany
Marine centers around the Salish Sea offer experiences and snippets of local information to prepare tide poolers for more meaningful adventures.
by John F. Williams
Salish Magazine has made it through its first year! Thanks to the many people who made it possible!
Here is a Google map which contains markers relevant to the articles in this issue. Click on a marker to see details about that location.
This map for Issue #4 is still a work in progress. As of 5/3/2020 I am researching locations of sand dollar beds.
The blue markers are landmarks similar to those in the articles. The green markers show where there are aquariums or similar establishments where one can view marine life like what was mentioned in the Issue #4 articles.
Publisher: John F. Williams
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Extra special thanks to: Susan W. Merrill, Sheila Kelley, Kathleen Thorne, Georgia Browne, Tom McDonald, Andrea Jessoe, Grant Blackinton, Bob Simmons, Neva Welton, and all of the credited authors and image contributors.
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