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November 18, 2009

Negative Tide at Half Moon Bay

Went to Half Moon Bay on Sunday thanks to utbt. She told us about the negative tide. We parked at Pillar Post and walked about a mile and half to the reefs. It was worth it. Lot of people with children. The young ones were having fun picking the starfishes, mussels, hermit crabs, etc. People were allowed to harvest some mussels upto 3-5 pounds by the ranger. We saw some guy catch this 2 foot long eel. Super cool! Though bad for the eel. The weather was perfect. Apparently this event occurs a couple of times a year. I was completely awed by the Sea Anemones and starfish.
Here are some pictures.

Sea Anemones

Sea Anemones



The Exposed Reef

The Exposed Reef










You can check out some more pictures at slidingwindow.



  1. WOW … didn’t know about this negative tide thing … would have taken the kids there.

    Comment by CA — November 18, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

    • Next time, let us ask utbt to put a post and advertise to everyone. When we went, we weren’t sure what to expect. To be honest, I was not interested in going, hubby forced me to and I am grateful that he did.

      Comment by yaadayaada — November 18, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

  2. Why just 3-5 pound limit? When the water recedes, doesn’t all the sea life in that region die? And if it dies… doesn’t it stink?

    Comment by Me — November 18, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

    • They dont want everyone taking those mussels and selling it and making a business out of it. And the water recedes for only 4-5 hours in a 6 month period. So I guess it didn’t stink much. And most of the crabs, hermit crabs, starfish all stay in the puddle formed between the rocks.

      Comment by yaadayaada — November 18, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

      • Oh ok…btw did you take anything home?

        YY: Nope, We didn’t take any since we don’t eat it! Vegetarian you see! 🙂

        Comment by Me — November 18, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

      • I thought you will take it to put it on the fish tank or something…:)

        Nope! They take all those mussels to eat. Caught that eel to eat! All for vayaththupaadu! 🙂

        Comment by Me — November 19, 2009 @ 12:05 am

  3. That is interesting.. wish I had known too.. where does utbt find all this from? She knows e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g, doesn’t she?! My awe for her just keeps growing!!! 🙂

    And very nice that your hubby made you go! We wouldn’t have got pics otherwise! 🙂

    Comment by Reva — November 19, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

  4. Simply Amazing!

    Comment by Dottie — December 9, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

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