Sunday, 5 Dec 2010, Fitzgerald Marine Preserve tidepooling

It was predicted to rain, and be windy, and indeed, it was (in waves). At one point, it seemed on the edge of hail. It was a low tide (-1.4), but the reef was surprisingly barren, compared to my previous low tide trips. It was made worse by the low contrast light due to the storm, so it was harder to see into the tidepools. Very few urchins, few starfish until the very edge of the reef, no abalone, only saw a couple of nudibranchs, no fish, and even hermit crabs seemed to not be moving around much. Still, it was interesting, and fun for the kids who came. We moved over to the Half Moon Bay Brewery afterwards for warmth, good food, and assorted beverages.

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