With local schools about to shut down for the summer, and a morning low tide of minus 2.9, the chance to get out of the classroom for a field trip to the beach was just too tempting to resist.
Undaunted by the Wednesday morning rain, these students, teachers and parents took the day off for a uniquely Puget Sound area activity — mucking about in tide pools in search of crabs, sculpins, tube worms, anemones and the ever-elusive moon snails, to name a few.
The minus tide meant ferry pilots were taking extra care to not run aground approaching the dock, but to the delight of the children it left pilings and all their encrusted life forms exposed for close examination by curious young eyes and hands.
Mid-day minus tides will continue the rest of this week, so put on those bright-colored Wellington boots, grab a pail and shovel, and immerse yourself in rare chance to explore the mostly water-covered intertidal world of Puget Sound. You might even meet a sculpin!
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel