Tourmaline Surf Park Tide Pools

The tide pools at Tourmaline Surf Park in San Diego are located to the north of the surfing area. The tide pools are a large boulder field with an occasional larger rocky area. There are plenty of snails, red thatched barnacles, aggregating and solitary anemones, limpets of all kinds and other interesting tide pool animals. This area also has a good number of tube snails near the low water line. Do not expect to see too many urchins, mussels and gooseneck barnacles as these species prefer faster water flows. The rocks are covered by very slippery algae and other macro brown algae.

Location, Parking and Amenities

The tide pools are located at the north end of the beach area. Park in the large parking area and start walking north along the beach. There are portable restroom available.
The tide pools at Tourmaline surf park are located at the north end of the tourmaline surfing beach in san diego. Park in the parking area near the intersection of Tourmaline and La Jolla Blvd and start walking north. The tide pool area is a vast boulder field with a few larger rock outcroppings. Take notice as you get near the boulder field at start looking for snails in the sand besides the rocks. I have seen several of the large wavy top turban snails at this location.

Keep walking to the north and you can expect to see lots for acorn and red thatched barnacles on the exposed rock surfaces. There are not many gooseneck barnacles as they prefer more exposed areas. The small pools are filled with tegula snails and lots of hermit crabs that use the snails shells for homes. Keep an eye out for tube snails on the sides of the rocks and near the low water line. The rocks in this area are covered by micro algae and make the rocks really slippery. Sea anemones can be found closer to the ocean and several large colonies of aggregating sea anemones can be found.

There are several kinds of brown and red algae including the rockweeds, the non-native sargasum and plenty of the red coralline encrusting algae for the algae enthusiasts. The larger exposed rocks will also have lots of limpets, a few chitons and the smaller acorn barnacles
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