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Tide pooling in La Jolla

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - La Jolla's shoreline is breathtaking. It's also home to an array of marine life living in a very special habitat.

Dike Rock in La Jolla just north of Scripps Pier is one of the best spots in San Diego for your tide pooling adventure.

"We've got amazing rocky shores around our beaches," Birch Aquarium Executive Director Nigella Hillgarth said. "One of the first things you need to do is look at a tide table and go when it's low tide, because that's when the tide pools are exposed. And all these animals are staying in the amazing pools and you can get very close to them."

Daylight low tides are most optimal during late fall to early spring. During the summer, low tides generally occur at night. Life in the tide pool is diverse and beautiful.

"You'll see sea anemones, sea urchins and even some species of fish that only live in tide pools," Hillgarth said.

While enjoying the wonders of the sea, keep in mind low tides are also stressful for many creatures living in the fragile ecosystem.

"You're in the habitat of these very delicate animals that are built to withstand amazing things like the buffeting of the ocean, but they're not built to withstand human interference," Hillgarth said. "So don't pick them up, don't take them out of the water and most of all don't take them home with you.

"I want people to walk away with a sense of wonder and a sense of connection to the environment."

Best Spots to Explore San Diego's Tide Pools:

Cabrillo National Monument

Ocean Beach

Shell Beach, La Jolla

Dike Rock, La Jolla

Swamis Beach

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