Seal Rocks State Park is located about 10 miles south of Newport, Oregon.  It contains some tidepools which we have explored several times.  These photos are from two visits in 1997 and 1998.

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2sealrock.gif (3195 bytes) Walking down to the tide pools...

2shawnnnorm.gif (3113 bytes) ... and here they are (plus Norm Edelen and Shawn Van Doren)

2sealrock2.gif (2950 bytes)   Layn Leudtke, Joe Middleton, Norm Edelen, Shawn Van Doren and Lisa Hayashi.  The rocks are covered with mussels and barnacles.

2bobko1.gif (2779 bytes)  No, not a floating body, but Steve Bobko, snorkeling for juvenile rockfish for a research project

2joenjay.gif (3346 bytes) Jay DeLong and Joe Middleton

The pools were full of invertebrates, like:

2anemones.gif (3369 bytes) Green sea anemones Anthopleura xanthogrammica

2seastar.gif (4020 bytes) Seastar Pisaster    

2urchin.gif (3000 bytes) Purple sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

2shrimp.gif (3212 bytes) Shrimp, LOTS of shellfish and crabs...

...and nudibranchs.  We saw 6 species of nudibranchs (also called sea slugs), of which Joe Middleton was able to identify all 6!  These are all about 1-2 inches in length. Here are 3 of them:

2nudb.gif (2965 bytes) Archidoris montereyensis (lemon slug?)  

2nudb2.gif (2671 bytes) Discodoris sandiegensis (leopard slug?)          

2nudi2nd.gif (3142 bytes) The orange cilia-like projections identify this one as the common Phidiana crassicornis

We saw a variety of fish whch we collected with small dipnets.  We saw many small sculpins, which were difficult for us to identify.  Common sculpins in the area are the tidepool sculpin and the fluffy sculpin, but many more are found in nearby waters.

2sculpin.gif (3517 bytes) Tidepool sculpin Oligocottus maculosus (perhaps) 

2sculpinbott.gif (4740 bytes) Unidentified sculpin ventral view      2sculpintop.gif (2706 bytes) and lateral view

 2gunns.gif (3222 bytes) Penpoint gunnel Apodichthys flavidus

 2tpsnail2nd.gif (2908 bytes)  Tidepool snailfish Liparis florae dorsal view.  In the water, this looks like a tadpole.       

2tpsnailbott2nd.gif (2888 bytes) Tidepool snailfish ventral view.  The pelvic fins are modified into a suction-like device for holding to rocks in the rushing wave action.

2surfperch.gif (3074 bytes) Striped surfperch Embiotoca lateralis         

2surfperch2.gif (3060 bytes)  Shiner surfperch Cymatogaster aggregata

2surfperch3.gif (3309 bytes) These may be juvenile striped surfperch

We also collected walleye surfperch Hyperprosopon argenteum.