When friends & family come to town, one of my favorite places to take them is to our coastal tide pools. You’ve got to agree that the “OC” has some really cool sea creatures. Do you happen to know what this sea creature is? It’s a Keyhole Limpet.
This past week was my first time seeing a limpet. The bodies of these sea creatures are a bit like snails; however, they extend beyond their shells. They have a muscular foot that is bright yellow. (I saw the yellow foot, but the limpet retracted it’s foot every time I got close enough to snap a picture.) Very cool to watch them move … slowly.
We saw bright orange and pink star fish. We saw purple sea urchins, several types of crabs, fish, sea anemones. And we even saw a bright green anemone.
Before you head out to the tidepools, it’s best to check the times for low tide. And, make sure you wear sturdy shoes that can get wet (e.g., Tevas) — as the rocks are sharp and very slippery when wet.