我们小心翼翼地踏上岩石，有如走进被一块块礁石围起来的天然水族馆。只见脚下一个个小小的lagoons, 海水清澈见底，水中央长着一簇簇绿水草和厚厚一大片棕色的海带。它们静静地覆盖着水面，只有当海的余浪冲进礁石间才随波逐流一番。两边海水覆盖的礁石上铺满了紫色的sea urchins，像一朵朵盛开在水中的娇艳花朵，在水流的荡漾中轻盈地飘动着，婀娜着。。。Lagoon的底部是细沙或是乱石，偶尔又见淡绿的海葵长在不显眼处。
中间去了Costco, 加了油，买了点吃的，两点多趁海水还没有涨潮，奔赴第二个海滩，那里有一个在退潮时形成的tidal pool。
Can you find the octopus disguised like rocks?
A paradise bird flower gleaming in the sun:
Pelicans are plummeting to snatch food under the water.
The bird is possibly having a big feast. Is that a lobster ?
The beach on a sunny autumn Saturday was inviting. The sky was blue. The air was crisp and dry. Sitting on a bench overlooking the turquoise water below, we felt refreshing, especially after two weeks’ stay in China and another two weeks’ jet lag at home.
With low tide that noon, the bare reef was exposed to the sunlight. The rocky surface on the far side was covered with mussels, big and small, that squeezed tightly with each other. Walled by reefs or rocks like caves is crystal clear sea water, in the middle of which grow lushly some underwater sea grass and sea weeds. Spreading along the reefs are some brilliant purple flowers, except these plant-looking “flowers” are as a matter of fact sea urchins. At the bottom of the caves are fine sands, piled with rocks and mussel shells, upon which dotted some hermit crabs, small crabs and occasionally a couple of sea anemones. Schools of Fish were happily seen swimming around. A guy was found feeding fish with the cracked mussel meat. We soon followed suit.
We were greeted with a greater surprise visiting another tidal pool. For the first half an hour, nothing was found. Just as we were about to return empty-handedly, we saw a few kids surrounding a tall guy watching something attentively. As we approached closer, we saw in a man’s palm a heap of little rocks. He told us that an octopus was camouflaged in the middle. Rocks were what the octopus desperately held on to for life. But its limbs were soon tired from gripping the rocks. Rocks either got loosened or were pulled away by the man. The octopus without hard rocks protecting it was left helpless with only a soft body and wriggling limbs. Kids were taught to touch and feel it tenderly, and not for long were asked to release it back to the puddle. Obviously not content, kids were on their own, determined to leave no rocks unturned. They searched here and there, lifted heavy rocks with two little hands. Their eyes glued to the ground underneath. Hard work was paid off in the end, as one or two more octopuses were found to their delight.