Test of the Tide: King Tide 2017-2018 Hits the Beach

The Pacific Northwest has weathered three bouts of high spring tides this King Tide season. King tides are the highest of the spring tides. On my home beaches, I’m talking about fall or winter spring tides. They occur during daylight, usually around noon, so they are easy to keep photographic track of. Combined with large…

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King Tide 2016

King Tide 2016 has come and gone. If you missed it, the winter season offers one more opportunity. Another round of high spring tides will test the capacity of coastal shorelines everywhere in mid-January, 2017. I wrote about the November 2016 King Tide in It’s Not This Time of Year Without High Tides and Crashing…

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It’s Not This Time of Year Without High Tides and Crashing Surf

The highest spring tides are a sign of the season. On my home beaches winter also means high surf. When the two combine they’re a force of nature. I’ve visited this stump during the highest spring tides since 2012. It takes a good high tide and respectable surf to wet it. The photo shows the…

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My 2015 King Tide Project – Swell Matters

I have a fascination with very high and very low tides. Who doesn’t – they’re rare events and when they occur, things happen. Low tides are great for the naturalist; everybody’s out digging clams and exploring rarely exposed beaches and tidepools. Very high tides catch just about everybody’s attention. Coastal flooding and beach erosion can…

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It’s a Salp

I observed this unusual organism during a December, 2012 King Tide when saw several and took this photo. Determining what they were, exactly, wasn’t easy. I contacted Cynthia D. Trowbridge at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and she kindly identified my mystery creature as the salp, Thetys vagina. If you want to know more…

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