Caressing Sea Anemones in the Tide Pools in Monterey Bay, California
At first the crisp, cerulean water looks too perfect for anything other than a postcard. Walking down to McAbee Beach, Monterey's tiniest shoreline at just under one-quarter of an acre, a large group of people are climbing rocks near the clear water. It’s a cove of tide pools worth a closer look. Parents are holding their young child’s hand as he touches an alien-like hermit crab for the first time. Couples sit, watching kayaks launch toward the horizon. Minuscule anemones cling to the rocks only moving to shy from a gentle touch. While balancing between the clustered boulders, take a gaze at an entire world of sea life protected in this whimsical haven.