Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tide Pools at Leo Carillo State Beach

Sarah on top of a huge rock
On Sunday morning, we went to Leo Carillo State Beach. This is special beach that has tide pools. Tide pools are rocky pools of ocean water.  The only time you could see the tide poles is when it is low tide. Tide pools usually have star fish, mussels, and clams. When we arrived to Leo Carrillo State Beach, it was high tide, and we couldn't see any tide pools. Then, we played and swam in the ocean and I climbed a big rock all the way to the top.

Low tide
A couple of hours later, it became low tide and we were able to see the tide pools.  We found many interesting shaped and colored rocks. On the sand, we also found a long piece of kelp which is a type of seaweed. Kelp grow in shallow oceans. Kelp can grow up to 110 feet tall. That is as tall as a 10 story building! The leaves are called blades and they have gas-filled bladders growing next to them. The air bladders make the kelp float to the top of the ocean so it could get sunlight. My sister and I were jumping rope with the kelp. When it was low tide, we still couldn't find any animals, but we still had a great time at the beach.


Gas-filled bladders

Miriam jumping rope with kelp
beautiful rocks

Have you visited tide pools?

What did you see?


  1. @ Sarah,

    What a terrific post about your trip to Leo Carillo State Beach. I used to go there a lot when I was young. My family and I used to love to explore the tide pools too!

    One time the tide was low and we were laying on our towels. We lost track of time and suddenly the tide was in and it swamped our blanket and all of our beach stuff! That was a funny surprise!

    Kelp is so interesting! Did you know that it grows more than a foot a day? That is pretty incredible. Who knew you could jump rope with it! Go Miriam!

    It looks like the day was overcast, and yet you were swimming. Were you cold?

    Your proud former teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

    1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment. I can't believe you lost track of the time and all your things swept into the water. Did you get all your beach stuff out?

      I did not know that kelp grows more than a foot a day. That is why Miriam and I could jump rope with it. It was even a little too long for me.

      I was very cold in the water, but after jump roping we were hot.

      Your former student,

  2. Dear Sarah,

    I really enjoy reading this post about your trip to Leo Carillo
    Beach. It always amazes me what you can find when the tide is out.

    I really loved the photo of Miriam skipping with that huge piece of kelp.

    When I go to the beach with BB and her dad and the tide is out we often find heaps of baby crabs as well as shells.

    I loved your beautiful collection of rocks you found too.

    Thank you sharing this wonderful post with us all Sarah.

    From your friend in Australia,

    AA :)

    1. Dear AA,

      Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely! It also amazes me what you can find when the tide is low.

      We also found some shells but they weren't pretty and some were broken so we threw them back in the ocean.

      I hope you will visit my blog again.


  3. Dear SARAH !

    Your post is very interesting and your photos are fabulous.
    You collected very beautiful rocks and you showed the
    balloons which make the kelp float to the top of the ocean
    to get sunlight.
    For us it is so interesting that we are looking forward
    for your new posts.
    Love you so much
    Grands Mila and Isay

    1. Dear Grandma Mila and and Grandpa Isay,

      Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment. I appreciate all of the comments you always leave on my blog.

      I will continue to do more posts and I hope you will read them.



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