PHOTOS: Low-low tide sights on West Seattle shores

That’s what it looked like from Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook, looking toward Lincoln Park, shortly after today’s low-low tide of -4.0 feet just before noon. Thanks to those who sent photos of what they saw – first, from Linda McKelvey, a crab and a star:

Michelle Green Arnson also photographed a star, plus a moon snail, and clam (she thought it might be a geoduck):

This one’s from Rosalie Miller:

Mark Dale photographed a Great Blue Heron with a great big snack (a skate, we think):

And while out at low tide, Michael Ostrogorsky photographed the schooner Bay Lady as it passed West Seattle:

Friday’s low tide won’t be out as far but still qualifies as low-low – -3.6 feet at 12:43 pm.

8 Replies to "PHOTOS: Low-low tide sights on West Seattle shores"

  • Gill & Alex July 15, 2022 (5:52 am)

    Thanks to all the beachcombers for the great photos!  Made my night.  Michelle, I’m sure you are right about geoduck.  Looks very stressed.  Should not have its neck out like that but drawn down into the hole for protection from the hot day and predators.  Or at least this is what I learned as a kid in the south sound.

    • Marty July 15, 2022 (9:11 am)

      That is a Starry Flounder that the Heron has, not a skate. Big meal!

      • WSB July 15, 2022 (10:17 am)

        Thank you.

    • Michelle Green Arnson July 15, 2022 (9:15 am)

      Thank you for confirming! When we spotted it, it’s neck was straight up and spewing water and I took th pic as it was shrinking back into the sand, so hopefully this was part of its normal routine. This was also a the tide was heading back in so it got a break from the sun pretty soon after we saw it. 

      • Gill & Alex July 15, 2022 (11:06 am)

        Michelle, that sounds like normal behavior so “go geoduck”!

  • pinch July 15, 2022 (10:32 am)

    Great photos, and heartwarming to hear concern for geoducks :)

    • Peggy July 16, 2022 (7:43 pm)

      I think it may be a horse clam. Similar to geoduck but shorter dark brown neck. Geoduck is  a pale tan long siphon.  Shell when visible is paler as well.

  • 1994 July 15, 2022 (9:40 pm)

    Thanks for sharing the photos. I always wondered what  the snail looks like that lives in those large moon snail shells, not what I imagined it to look like!

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