Summertide Diary: Rock Pool Wonderland

For landlubbers like us gawking with open mouths at the colourful life in a rock pool at the sea shore is one of the highlights of a beach holiday. Many of the life forms are so unique and different from what we’re used to as to seem utterly alien. We were fortunate in that, during our time in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, we had a chance to visit Mission Rocks at low tide in the cool of the afternoon, allowing us to clamber over the rocks from one pool to the next to our heart’s content.

 

17 thoughts on “Summertide Diary: Rock Pool Wonderland

  1. Jane

    These are beautifully vibrant tide pools! The perfect place for the nature-trained eyes of you and your family. Isn’t it magically mesmerizing once you’re focused in on this unique niche in Nature?!

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      1. Jane

        I’m happy to hear you can travel again. We are looking forward to that kind of freedom… sadly, I think we will be counting the delay in years not months. Stay well ❀

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  2. sustainabilitea

    What a pleasure to spend some time along the shore and to see so much water. πŸ™‚ I always enjoy the lakes at the Preserve and in the desert, water is (or should be) cherished and enjoyed. Thanks for a delightful and refreshing break. One of these days I’ll get to southern California for a visit and I’ll have some beach shots to share as well. πŸ™‚

    janet

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      We spent a week at Cape Vidal on this trip and all put together over the years we’ve spent at least two months over different seasons at iSimangaliso, and still we don’t feel like we’ve seen everything the “place of miracles and wonders” has to offer!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      I find it mesmerizing, John. I am often caught unawares by that odd wave pushing far above the low water mark because my attention is so fixed on the pool in front of my nose! πŸ˜€

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  3. neihtn2012

    I love visiting these rock pools at the shore, even though we don’t have that many in actuality, and I could easily spend hours doing that. However, it is still winter here, so your photos are the next best alternative. Thank you, Dries!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      It’s quite astounding how the life in one pool might differ from what is to be seen in the next one, Hien. I suppose it has a lot to do with how much water the pool holds, thus how quickly the temperature of the water rises and the oxygen depletes, and whether it is regularly replenished by wave action or not.

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