PHOTOS: Scenes from Saturday’s low tide walk at Seahurst Park Beach


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Courtesy resident Elston Hill comes these great photos and story:

This is an amazing time of the year. Lowest tides of the year are in June with some of the lowest this week. Saturday morning (June 18) was an -.8 foot tide, Sunday was a – 1.3, Monday a -1.7, and then Tuesday will be a minus 1.9 foot tide at 12:23 p.m,, and Wednesday will also be a minus 1.9 foot tide at 1:02 p.m.!

At these low tides, one can see sea stars, anemones, little crabs, and so much more as well as the rich growth that normally lies under the water.

The leader of Saturday’s Sierra Club outing was Lawrence Reyman, who frequently leads outings on the beach for the Environmental Science Center at the Park. His observations were fascinating.

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The beach has undergone a restoration to a more natural state, the biggest part of which was removing a 35-year-old seawall and replacing it with a sloping beach.

There are two primary streams in the park – one on the south end and one on the north. Between the streams a steep slope runs along the shore just above the beach.

The north creek basin contains a large wetland area that extends back from the beach nearly to the eastern border of the park in some places.

Many of the slopes in Seahurst Park are considered unstable and there is historical evidence of numerous landslides in some areas.

The park also has many springs.

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