Menagerie Monday: Barnacle Bay

All of us are very fond of exploring the coasts, beaches, and bays around New Zealand, and we’ve found that one needn’t go very far to find some really interesting ones. Castor Bay is one of these, on Auckland’s North Shore, and is a drive of only around 25 minutes away . We went there recently with Squiddy, her two littles, and a friend, for an exploratory hike. The tide was ebbing, exposing some fascinating wave-sculptured forms in the hard clay that are hidden when it’s higher, many of them encrusted with barnacles (arthropod crustaceans related to crabs and lobsters). One must have proper footwear and be careful on the more slippery surfaces, but we love to see what critters we can find in the tide pools, always hoping to be able to find the occasional hermit crab, and are usually rewarded!     (If you’d like to see one of the photos in more detail, just click on it.)

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11 Responses to Menagerie Monday: Barnacle Bay

  1. Vicki says:

    Looks like great fun. All the more so when you’ve got young children with you to share your discoveries and in turn, interesting to see what their young eyes spot in the crevices and rock pools.

    Back in the day when I could get outdoors more, there’s nothing I liked better than exploring the beach at low tide. It brings out the child in me.

  2. Tide pools are little worlds for discovery. All sorts of delightful creatures in them.

  3. shoreacres says:

    My favorite detail is the black ‘moon’ shell in the last photo. The barnacles seem almost double the size of ours, although undisturbed ones here can become fairly large. It’s interesting to get a sense of the tidal range, too. Off the upper Texas coast, it’s extremely shallow and the slope off the beach is gentle. You can wade out quite a distance before being waist deep, although rip currents sometimes are a problem.

    • krikitarts says:

      There are some bays, of course, where the rip can be a serious concern. Those in which they are, are usually well-marked. Castor Bay is not one of them: The slope is extremely gentle, and we saw swimmers out about 50 meters or so, and still only waist-deep. Still, a modicum of caution, with a watchful eye, is always a wise policy.

  4. bluebrightly says:

    The barnacle photo is beautiful, well done! And the mud/rock forms to the left in the first photo are very intriguing.

  5. Those beach forms north of Auckland make me nostalgic for the ones I enjoyed a little further north in Whangaparaoa.

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