starfish_ggWe’ve been experiencing some exceptionally low tide in the Seattle area this week, so midday yesterday, I decided to walk down to Golden Gardens Park and do some beach combing with my camera. Apparently, quite a few people had the same idea but it wasn’t too bad.

I was amazed at the difference the super low tide made in the landscape and the amount of sea floor exposed as a result. I kept looking out at the ozean expecting a tsunami to roll in.  The wildlife, on the otherhand, was having a bonanza.  Crows, gulls, herons and other birds were treated to a normally submerged seafood buffet and the tracks of raccoon could be see at the margins of the beach (though I suspect they were there for the picnic refuse in garbage bins too).

Link to photo album and some short video clips after the cut.

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Exposed Geoduck Breathing
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Just Some Waves Rolling In
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Take That, Annoying Beach Goer
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If They Could Bite Me, I’m Sure They Would
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Heron Wading in Sand for Prey
[flv:SANY0049.flv 600 338] It did eventually find something and pull it up out of the sand from rather far down.