9 Gorgeous Photos Show Sealife at Lowest Tide of the Year

These Instagrams from the past few days were all taken at the Fitzgerald Marine Preserve in Moss Beach, proving that in the right conditions, marine life is thriving on our Coast.

Tidepools in Moss Beach on Jan. 1 during minus tide. Photo by Clint Wirtanen.
Tidepools in Moss Beach on Jan. 1 during minus tide. Photo by Clint Wirtanen.
The New Year began with a minus tide, bringing in crowds to see sealife at the Fitzgerald Marine Preserve in Moss Beach this week.

Despite reports that starfish are mysteriously dying from a "sea star wasting disease," these photos show the invertebrate living well on our coastline.

A minus tide, also sometimes called a negative tide, is an unusually low tide and are a natural phenomenon that occurs when a special alignment of the sun, moon and earth creates a particularly strong gravitational pull. 

A minus tide height indicates the water level will be below the average low water line and there’s no better time to visit the tidepools when the rocks are exposed. Minus tide conditions are expected to last through the weekend.

For Friday, Jan. 3, minus tide is at 6:04 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 4 there will be a minus tide at 6:51 p.m. The last minus tide of the weekend will be on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 7:40 p.m.

Another period of minus tides is expected to occur between Jan. 29 and 31.
Bea Karnes January 04, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing, Christa.
Linda Peix January 04, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Love the photos!


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