Extreme Low Tide on the Gulf Coast

 

Florida Fighting Conch

My wife and I are collectors. We love to collect seashells and fossils. So when we were in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, we hit the beach almost every day looking for new types of seashells we have not found on other beaches in our travels. Early one morning, my wife met another collector who shared that there would be an extremely low tide in two days time.

Because more of the beach is exposed during low tides, we find that is the best time to find shells. What we found during the extreme low tide was absolutely amazing.

We found Florida fighting conchs lying all over the beach … alive. I guess I had always thought they were like snails and just crawled around on the ocean floor, but it turns out they are like clams and live buried in the bottom. During low tides, they dig out of the sand and lie on the top of the sand until the next high tide covers them with water. One of the shells I always like to find are Lettered Olives, and again I thought they just crawled along on the seafloor. But seeing them in action, I learned they are also burrowers.

Sand Crab

The tidal pools left by the very low tide were a wealth of new discoveries. By wading very slowly through the shallow water, we were able to see many sea creatures that you normally don’t get to see during normal tides. We saw 5 different kinds of crabs, sea anemones, sea urchins (disguised with shells and leaves stuck to its spines), sea worms, sea stars, baby flounder, baby sand dollars, and many other sea critters.

On the beach that day was a great diversity of life, yet it was such a small, minute part of God’s overall creation. It brings to mind Psalm 40:15 - Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

 

Lanny Johnson

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