Look for Major Minus Tides on Oregon Coast in April
(Oregon Coast) – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials say to look for some major minus tides happening in April.
The first of the bunch began on March 28, all generally happening in the early morning hours. But more will be happening April 10 – 13, and from April 24 through to the end of the month. They are the first low tides of the year, and more hours of daylight will make some prime times for checking tide pools. Some areas will be cleared of as much as ten feet of water in a few hours.
“Look for green anemones, hermit crabs, sea urchins, small fish, jelly fish, sea stars, pinkish corraline algae, lime green anemone, dark green sea lettuce, barnacles and other animals of the intertidal region," ODFW said in a recent release.
ODFW said you will find dozens of exceptional places around the Oregon coast to go tide pooling. Officials said in the Cannon Beach area there is Haystack Rocks and Hug Point. On the central Oregon coast, you'll find Seal Rock, Yachats State Recreation Area (or just about anywhere with 10 miles of Yachats), Strawberry Hill State Wayside and Neptune State Park. On the south coast, they pointed to Sunset Bay State Park, Cape Arago State Park and Cape Blanco State Park.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, four miles north of Newport, has outstanding tide pools and rangers on hand to provide tours and answer questions.
You can find a full list of Oregon coast tide pool areas on the northern half of the state here.
ODFW officials urge to keep in safety in mind, however.
“Don’t turn your back on the ocean because a large wave may get you wet or worse.” ODFW said. “Also, stay off beach logs. They can roll in the surf and crush you.”
High surf can make tide pooling on the ocean beaches uncomfortable and dangerous, so try looking for wildlife in the mud flats of coastal bays and rivers. For more information see: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/bayclams/watchable.asp
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