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Duxbury Reef

August 13, 2014 by elaubach

A golden green and maroon carpet hides miniature treasures along the western coast of Bolinas. There lies the largest shale ...

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Naked in the tidepools

January 17, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

With seasonally low tides, now's the time to head out to see arguably the most colorful critters in the Bay Area -- the nudibranchs that dwell in tidepools along the coast.

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Natural Bridges State Beach

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

A gorgeous beach not far from Santa Cruz proper, this small state beach gets its name from the very cool ...

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Cowell Ranch/John Marsh State Park

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

Less well known that nearby Fitzgerald Reserve, this beach also features good tidepooling, and an area close off for pupping ...

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Minus tides expose wilderness below the waves

June 28, 2012 by Claire Peaslee

Point Reyes Peninsula is rimmed along its rocky sections with a living fringe so diverse and wildly colorful – so dense with phenomenal creatures – that when the tides recede there’s a gravitational pull to go there and explore. Tidepools are literally the wilderness next door, yet accessible only when the moon and sun conspire to exert extra pull on the Earth’s oceanic sheath, thereby exposing the coastline. May through July is one of the two periods in the year when extreme low tides occur.


From Collecting to Recollecting

July 01, 2007 by Susan McCarthy

This San Mateo coast reserve--home to brilliantly colored nudibranchs, 20-armed sun stars, and pupping harbor seals--has been transformed from a place of collection and plunder to one of exploration and wonder.

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