A close-up shot of the underside of a sea star. What looks like a small sea star in the center is the mouth with the reddish orange ambulacral groove extending from it. You can see the five-point radial symmetry without seeing the arms.

Tidepooling Trip with Ocean Safari

As the ocean tides go out, the rocky shores become exposed and trapped sea water form “tidepools.” When the tides rise again, the entire area becomes submerged and the tidepools become hidden. Numerous animals are adapted to live in constantly changing water levels of the intertidal zone, many of which cannot be encountered at depths where divers explore. You will have a guided, tidepooling and beachcombing experience to help you discover numerous organisms that cling, crawl, camouflage, and burrow in the tidepools. We will also discuss beach safety and entry and exit strategies for exploring further into the ocean (if and when you go snorkeling or scuba diving). A light healthy breakfast is also included with this one-of-a-kind outing!

Saturday, August 12
Meet at Ocean Safari 5:15 am (Carpool can be arranged)
Low Tide: 6:46am
Depart Tidepools 10am
Back at Ocean Safari 11am


Identify the marine creatures that become visible at low tide

Discover all the nooks and crannies where organisms hide

Find and discuss edible seaweeds

Learn about the ecological factors that make tidepools unique

Analyze the beach for safe entry and exit

Start the day off fresh! Visit the ocean, gain knowledge, and enjoy healthy breakfast!

We Provide:

A fun, educational trip hosted by the Ocean Safari team

Expert marine biologist to guide the experience

Healthy breakfast and drink

Please Bring Your Own:

Water bottle

Day Pack/Back pack (to carry your food and water)

Sturdy shoes that can get wet (Please no flip flops!)

Sun Hat

Sun Screen

Optional Items to Bring:


Notebook and pencil



Please call Ocean Safari at 626-287-6283 to sign up and to get further details.
If you would like to carpool, 10 spaces are available in Thomas’s van, please call to reserve a spot.

Hooded What?

It has been a while since the last time we saw these guys in our local waters. During warm months, hooded nudibranch (Melibe leonine) can be found in large numbers in the kelp forests. This year, with the giant kelp forest looking more healthy, we are hoping to see them on our dives. It’s quite mesmerizing to watch them sweep the water with their wide open oral hood.

Back for More Adventure!

Last time we made it out to Begg Rock and San Nicolas Island was October of 2015. This year, we are heading out there on August 25 and 26 aboard the Peace Dive Boat. There are still some spots open if you want to join us for a chance to be one of the few adventurous (and lucky) divers who can boast of making it out to Begg Rock and San Nicolas Island!

Seeing Purple

Dreaming of jumping into the water at Farnsworth Bank and seeing the beautiful colonies of purple hydrocoral (Stylaster californicus). We are heading there this Sunday, July 30. It is one of the handful of places where you can see healthy colonies of these beautiful and fragile creatures.