The new year is starting out well. The San Diego tide chart indicated a negative two foot tide at 3:00pm, meaning the sun, moon, earth and us were all in alignment. We made all sorts of new friends today. Mostly with kelp crabs, which kept popping out of the sea grass to see us. There was also a white crane looking for food, and a sculpin trying not to be looked at.
Today would have been a great tide pool day as it was, until I turned over just the right rock and surprised an octopus. It was the first time I have ever found an octopus at Cerezo Bluffs, although they are obviously there. Octopods are the masters of camouflage, their color and texture changing in seconds when they are on the move. Also, all octopus have a venomous bite. Although usually not harmful, we were avoiding its beak, located where his suckered arms meet.
I would say I wish all tide pool days ended like this but that is the fun of going, you never know what you are going to encounter.