Tide pools are a delight to discover along the rocky California coastline. In corners and crevices of rocky outcroppings, peaceful pools of seawater teem with life just beneath the surface. Amazing animals such as purple sea urchins, ochre sea stars and giant green sea anemones all call this habitat home.
Here are a few reminders to help keep you, your children and the tide pool animals safe and healthy.
Tide Pool Animals
You will undoubtedly encounter many amazing animals in Monterey's tide pools. Have a conversation with your children about how to care for these critters before heading off.
Safety on the Shore
Careful! It's best to take precautions in the rocky tide pool environment.
How to be considerate of the environment when heading to the beach.
Protecting Marine Habitats
The Monterey Bay coastline, including its tide pools, is part of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary protects the many marine habitats and plants and animals living along our coast. Some activities that could harm the ocean's health, such as oil drilling, are prohibited. But many others, such as fishing, boating and exploring the coastline are allowed. Visiting the rocky shore can provide you and your children with an exciting look at ocean plants and animals in their native habitat.
Most importantly, tell others what you've learned and what you're doing to help the oceans. Conservation of the ocean starts with you.Learn more about National Marine Sanctuary