A Virtual Visit to the Tidepools
High tide at the intertidal area of Cabrillo National Monument. Lots of water, but no tidepools!
Now that's more like it! A good example of low tide - let's begin our exploration!
When you arrive at the tidepools, stop first at the kiosk at the trailhead and check out the latest exhibit.
Visit the Education Table if volunteers are working.
The trail ends at a grouping of balanced rocks, deposited on their rocky perch by strong wave action.
Venture out and discover what waits in the pools between the rocks after the tide has receded.
Don't be afraid to crouch down low to get a close-up view.
When you leave, be sure to discover the beauty of the high splash zone, located by the balanced rocks. Be careful, however, and watch your step: you are now back on top of the cliffs.
The end of another picture-perfect day at the tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument. What did you discover?
Did You Know?
Did you know that the coastal sage scrub habitat found at Cabrillo National Monument is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world? Only 10-15% of the original habitat now exists. Once the dominant ecosystem, the coastal sage scrub community now only exists in small remnant pockets.