Our next stop after Agua Verde was right around the corner at Bahia San Marte. This was the place that we had so much fun tidepooling.
Although we spent most of our time tidepooling, we also took a little hike. Would have been much more enjoyable with long pants and boots or at least actual shoes. Lulu has shoes that she wears when we hike but I’m down to sandals only as my tennies that I brought down here back in 2010 have a hole in the sole. Guess it’s time for a new pair.
Later, back at the tidepools:
We saw a whole bunch of these sun stars. They were generally about 5-7 inches across. They blend in so well that we had to be very careful where we stepped. Would have hated to step on one. These are the speed demons of the sea star world. If you pay attention you can watch them crawl along. We also saw a ton of little hermit crabs but it’s hard to get a photo of one that looks like anything other than a couple of red legs sticking out of a shell, which is exactly what they look like in real life.
The photo above is of a Sally Lightfoot crab. Tough to get a decent photo as they are all kinds of shy. They can see you coming from a long ways away and scurry from rock to rock to hide from you. They deserve their name as they are amazingly light on their feet and FAST! I got this photo by approaching from one side while Lulu approached from the other to keep him off-guard. When I got as close as I thought he’d let me get, I resorted to the zoom lens.