tidal pool party
For the past few mornings,
we’ve foregone time-consuming breakfasts
to head over to the beach much earlier in the morning.
And what a surprise was in store:
the Atlantic recedes much further here
than across the “pond” at the mid-Atlantic seaboard I am most familiar with.
Giant towers of rock (maybe 3 meters high),
completely submerged at high tide, rise far out at sea,
marking the gateway to a maze of sea-carved rocks,
some creating channels for the ebbing seawater and their fleeing big fish,
other areas of rock filled in with salt water tidal pools,
housing barnacles, mussels and other mollusks,
sea urchins, anemones, and a plethora of fishes,
some babies of the bigger fishes that ride in and out with the tide,
and others that seem more adapted to tidal pool life than the open ocean,
like gobi and others that sit on their fins at the edges of rocks,
and stonefish, that are camouflaged perfectly for their tidal pool life.
(this post was written two weeks ago…
Since then, we have been investigating the other nearby beaches
during their low tides as well, always amazed at the sea life we find,
including crabs, shrimp, multiple types of anemones, all sizes of urchins,
and recently, a small lobster crawling along the beach at sunset,
that must’ve gotten washed ashore beforehand.
Mohammed scooped it up and returned it to our favorite tidal pool,
hoping we will be able to see our new friend again sometime.
We have taken some incredible underwater photos and video,
which we currently do not have the resources to upload.
Until then, I hope these photos and videos give a glimpse
of the underwater world we have been exploring,
on Esteveira beach and other nearby beaches in Rogil.