Tuesday, January 01, 2013

At The Tide Pools You Don't Touch Anything!

Laguna Beach: Don’t touch the animals!They mean no harm but:
Never remove animals, shells or rocks from tidepools.
Never pick up animals...observe them where they are.
Don’t pull animals off the rocks, or poke them with sticks.
Walk gently, taking care not to step on plants or animals.
Never turn over rocks.
04:44 AM 2.20 feet Low Tide
06:56 AM Sunrise
09:23 AM Moonset
10:40 AM 4.94 feet High Tide
04:54 PM Sunset
05:37 PM 0.07 feet Low Tide
09:16 PM Moonrise

1 comment:

  1. John:
    Thanks....You've brought this up before and I find it to be frustrating as well.
    People don't seem to read the posted signs, and then too they're in English so all of those foreign visitors not fluent in our language are simply ignorant.
    Also, local commerce and City Council wanted to be a year round, destination resort for the $$$ but this brings numbers beyond enforcement capabilities. Our one officer isn't always in the field, she sits at her desk and goes to meetings 50% of the time. And that time is weekdays.
    The City hypocritically pays lip service but won't hire a 2nd Marine Protection Officer. Early am, late pm and weekends no one's on duty. Ideally, 2 officers with dawn to dusk, 7 days a week oversight would have a much greater impact. One could be on Monday---Thursday (10 hour day), the other Wednesday through Sunday.
    Earliest am & latest pm for daily desk work. Overlap day (both on duty) is Wednesday for coordination between the 2 officers, meetings with other staff, etc.
    So presently, unless we pull small off-season staffed lifeguards from their other duties, then weekends are also problematic.
    Try calling any of the phone numbers posted and the violators (intentional or not) are already gone by the time someone could show up.
    The tide pool docents can lead to a "monkey-see, monkey-do" mentality. Visitors see groups walking around on the rocks and think that it's acceptable. So the docent programs encourage more use and abuse, during extreme low tides people go out and trample on species tucked in, not fully visible, that are waiting for high tide immersion.
    Putting a fence around the fragile areas isn't really possible or going to fly with the Coastal Commission, and maybe more signs wouldn't either due to visual blight.
    For all of that "eco-stewards of the planet" BS, we continue to ignore the simplest concept: Respect for other species no matter their plentitude or place in the hierarchy.