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Spring 2013 Highlights

In addition to regular aquarium operations, responding to Marine Mammal Stranding Network calls, and hosting numerous school groups, we also:

  • Participated in the Necanicum Watershed Councilís Bird Day in Seaside.
  • Shared marine life at Cannon Beachís Earth Day celebration.
  • Hosted elementary students from all three schools in the district for the annual Sea Week curriculum.

Below and right: Sharing information on the Aquarium at Necanicum Watershed Councilís Bird Day

Necanicum Watershed Councilís Bird Day in Seaside
Necanicum Watershed Councilís Bird Day in Seaside

How to Read a Tide Table

The ocean is constantly shifting in toward high tide or out toward low tide. In Oregon there are two low and two high tides every 25 hours. On a tide table, "L" and "H" indicate the lowest and highest points predicted for a specific day. Not all low or high tides are the same. The height for each tide is listed with the time.

A tide table is read from left to right for a specific day. It is easiest to imagine the table as four columns, each indicating (by time) the next high or low tide. Why use a tide table?

Knowing about the tides helps you get the most out of a coastal visit.

  • Low tides are good for visiting tide pools, finding sand dollars, and beach combing. Anything below a 1.0 tide is good, but the best are the "negative" tides (in bold, right). The lowest tide is not always in the morning. Arrive at your destination at least an hour before low tide, while the tide is still going out. This will allow plenty of time to look around before the tide changes.

  • High tides are good for fishing and crabbing.

Important Beach Safety

1. Never turn your back on the ocean.
Sneaker waves are very powerful, sometimes strong enough to knock over an adult.

2. Avoid logs in the surf.
They may look stable, but the ocean can roll logs large enough to crush you.

3. This is not a safe area for swimming in the ocean.
Be aware there is a strong undercurrent. Children should be kept within armís reach and should go no deeper than their knees.

4. Completely extinguish your campfires.
Embers can burn for days if left or covered.

5. Leave marine mammals alone. Marine mammals can carry diseases transmittable to humans.

Hereís an example:

Monday, June 3, the tide will be its lowest at 3:33a.m. It will reach 0.6 ft, after which it will start coming in. At 9:47a.m., the tide will reach its highest point, 5.4 ft, and then start receding. The next low is a 1.6 foot tide at 3:18pm and the next high tide is at 9:57p.m. It will be 7.5 ft.

June 2013 Tides Table

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