Low tide is a busy time of day at the beach in Coronado. On the beach in front of the Hotel del Coronado, tide pools bustle with activity. Found in the rocky shores where the ocean meets the beach, tide pools contain a number of sea creatures, including starfish, mussels, anemones, limpets and moon snails.
As interesting and inviting as tide pools can be for residents and visitors, it is important to treat them with care so future generations can enjoy them too. A few tips to consider when admiring tide pools include: 1) walking on the sandy parts, rather than the clustered rocks where anemones and barnacles tend to live; 2) only using one finger to gently touch the creatures; and 3) never taking the animals or any part of their natural environment home as a souvenir.
In order to educate the public about valuable ocean wildlife, the City has helped to form a Coronado Tide Pools Interpretive Program. The group raises awareness about this special ecosystem and teaches people about conservation through education. The purpose is to share in the joy of discovery with beach visitors but at the same time teach them about the fragility of the tide pools.
The City has also formed a Tide Pool Volunteers team, with the help of City Lifeguard Services. The mission of the team is to interact with tide pool visitors to answer questions, provide names for marine life they encounter and enhance the overall experience and appreciation of the tide pool experience. The program was started in spring 2007 after a group of residents wrote to the City Council suggesting that a program would be beneficial to the local community, visitors and tide pools. The Council offered to house the program within the lifeguard services. Funding is provided by various City departments. For more information about how to volunteer, contact the Coronado Fire Department at (619) 522-7374.