Among other features, this issue’s articles include a report on the discovery of the pathogen responsible for sea star wasting syndrome, the potential of “carbon farming” with compost to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a discussion of photosynthesis in the ocean, and a review of Elizabeth Kolbert’s important book, “The Sixth Extinction”.
Click the link below to view or download the December, 2014 issue of “Between the Tides”. Between the Tides – December, 2014.
Love nudibranchs? The tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve provide homes for many varieties of these lovely sea snails. Four times a year at low tide, a group of volunteers does a nudibranch count at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and sends the survey results to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. They tally the number of each species found within a two hour period at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve or nearby Pillar Point.
The latest survey was on January 11, 2013, during a minus tide of -1.4ft.
For more information, visit the FFMR Nudibranch Survey Facebook page:
The December, 2012 issue of “Between the Tides” is now available! This issue describes an extension to the California Coastal Trail along the Dardanelle Trail through the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Improvements to the existing trail that winds through the magical cypress forest on the bluffs overlooking the Reef include: a new bridge over San Vicente Creek; and widening the trail and finishing it with fresh gravel over a special geotextile fabric underlayment.
This issue also contains articles on the mussel clump habitat, visiting the tide pools at Carmel Point, and scenes from the Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue. Enjoy!
Compared to the sculpted, fractured, and life-laden rocks of the intertidal at FMR, the sand you walk on to get to them may seem pretty boring. Maybe the KQED Quest blog entry Sand: Hold a Mountain in Your Hand will change your perspective.
And Playing in the Sands is a site based on an educational poster (available for purchase on the site) that shows you close-up photos of sand from different locations around the world. Click on the small images in the lower pane to see them magnified in the upper pane. There is an amazing variety and some are quite beautiful.
One of the reserve’s closest neighbors is the world-famous surf spot called Mavericks.
Surfline.com has a fascinating feature article about how wind, waves, and the underlying offshore geology (called bathymetry) combine to create one of the world’s top five surf experiences.Read More»