A Variety of Intertidal Life

In the pages that follow, you’ll find my photographic take on lots of lots of common intertidal species and their habitats. My home beaches are in northern Oregon. If an image comes from elsewhere, I note it in the caption. There are a lot of gaps in my coverage. I only post what I find and have decent photos of, and I don’t flip rocks (I sometimes move seaweed and muck around in the sand a bit). I usually avoid handling or intentionally disturbing my discoveries. If I’ve done some disturbing, I note it in the caption. I don’t presume to have no impact. Intertidal creatures pay a price for me just walking the beaches and scrambling over and around the rocks. So tradeoffs.   

With much respect for those tradeoffs, let’s explore the variety of intertidal life!  Click on the the group you are interested in.

If you are interested in surfperches, click on the image below.

This page was updated January 22, 2022.


      1. Thanks for the compliment. Your pictures are gorgeous. I love the ocean and the beauty of sea life. You might have to enter those photos into some contests!

      1. Thanks for noticing it 🙂 hope you come back for more… just a bit busy nowadays to do some post and I make the habit of responding to followers and reading their post etc.

  1. Copy edit suggestion:
    Remove the extra “pay” in this sentence:
    “Intertidal creatures pay pay a price for me just walking beaches and scrambling around the rocks.”

  2. Hi Steve. Was wondering if you can help me with something. If you look at my post https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2020/08/15/lens-artists-challenge-110-creativity-in-the-time-of-covid/ do you know what exactly the shells I’ve photographed are? I’ve been asked to include them in a local magazine article and would love to know their scientific and/or colloquial names. Feel free to email me at trschell@me.com to take the conversation out of your blog. Sorry, could find an email. Tina

    1. I’ll try, several appear to be oysters, and I think I can get close with the other main shell. I’m busy at the moment. Beautiful shots! Timeframe?

      1. No rush whatsoever Steve! The magazine deadline isn’t until late Nov. I’ll credit you somewhere for your help in identifying them. Much appreciated!

  3. Lovely pages you have here. For someone who lives by the sea, I know very little about the intertidal region. I hope to make a start. In the meanwhile, browsing your pages is lovely

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