180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Eating Up Oregon Coast Beaches
|Sea cucumbers: not only are they edible
but they're almost cute
(Oregon Coast) – Be careful as you tread on Oregon’s
beaches: you could be walking on someone else’s next meal.
According to the Seaside
Aquarium, there are lots of edible things you can find on the beach.
“It’s obvious that most things are edible - it's whether or
not you like them,” said aquarium education specialist Tiffany Boothe.
“You can eat almost all species of snails, clams, octopi and fish.
Most aren't going to make you sick.”
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Then there are the other wonders you probably never stopped
to think about at your feet. Like what are the life spans of some of these
odd creatures that wander in and out of the sea, like birds or clams?
And just how fast does a starfish move?
a tireless mind always in search of the next cool factoid about the marine
world, collects these funky facts like some people collect hubcaps. She
wanders the beaches, photographing and looking carefully in the sand and
tide pools, and then she plants herself in front of a computer and cruises
the Net for the science behind what she’s found.
Boothe’s research has come up with a list of edibles
from the tide pool. The table is set for quite the freaky feast. She says
the following can be consumed by us humans, stuff that most people aren’t
aware are edible:
|Would you like a little jellyfish with your
- Certain species of limpets. Limpets
are related to snails and clams.
- Gumboot Chitons. These are the largest
species of chitons in the world reaching lengths of 13 inches. On average,
other species of chitons are about 2 to 3 inches long.
- Sea Urchin
- Muscles (some people know that these
are edible but some do not).
- Seaweeds such as Sea Lettuce and Bull
- Water Jellies, like jellyfish
- California Sea Cucumber. This is the
largest species of sea cucumber in Oregon’s waters. An odd little
tidbit: when threatened, the California Sea Cucumber will eject their
internal organs. They are able to re-generate them in six to eight weeks.
- Giant Barnacle. These are one of the
world's largest barnacles. Individually they are five inches high and
four inches wide. They are usually roasted and eaten.
- Giant Pacific Octopus
- Wolf Eel
- Of course scallops and other clams:
Rock Scallop, Pink Scallop, Razor Clams, Cockle Clams, Goeducks, Butter
Many of Boothe’s notes come from simply wandering
and exploring coastal tide pools, checking out the massive variety of
life forms to be discovered. She also talks about the sea goo that may
make you slip and fall while checking out these colonies of wonders yourself.
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One day’s exploration left her with a large list
of species and creatures.
“Twelve different species that I can identify,”
she said. “Little Rockweed, Sea Cabbage, Laver, Black Pine, Spongy
Cushion, Sea Moss, Split Kelp, Iridescent Seaweed, Scouler's Surfgrass,
Winged Kelp, Coral Leaf Algae and Encrusting Coralline Algae. Now, this
is just in one tidal area (granted it was quite large) and there were
a few more things in there, but I couldn't identify them.
most slippery of these were the kelps and the iridescent seaweed. The
Laver and Sea Cabbage are also quite slippery. Laver grows in the upper
to mid intertidal zones, so tide poolers will run into this quite often.
It is slippery and you can easily fall if walking on it. So be careful.
“Laver is also known as Wild Nori and is very tasty.
Another edible seaweed I ran into was the winged kelp. The Spongy Cushion,
Sea Moss, Black Pine, and the Coral Algae (both encrusting and leaf) are
not very slick. Though I'm not suggesting to walk on them; you shouldn’t
trample on anything around or in a tide pool.”
In fact, that’s often illegal, Boothe said.
She added that the Little Rockweed can be very slick at
some times and not at others.
Boothe especially enjoys odd details about certain marine
species, including how long these creatures can live.
“Some species of rockfish can live over 100 years,”
Boothe said, with a certain glint in her eye.
|Pacific Sunstar, the Speedy Gonzalas of
the starfish world
Then there are those seals and sea lions. Boothe said the
fastest swimming pinniped is the California Sea Lion, which clocks in
at 25 miles per hour.
She notes that apparently didn’t help one hapless
sea lion on the north Oregon coast back in December, who wandered into
Fort Stevens State park, then managed to get thoroughly lost and began
meandering around the streets, scaring traffic. Park officials finally
found a way to lead him back to the water on Wednesday.
Now to the slow side of life. “The fastest sea star
is the Pacific Sun Star at .027 miles per hour,” Boothe said. “This
means .027 miles per hour translates to 75 centimeters per minute. Not
exactly NASCAR material.”
You can catch more at the Seaside
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run across your feet
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or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's
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Coast Travel Site Goes Wireless Provides Lodging Reports
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along with weekly lodging availability reports