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Low tides this Saturday, June 8, will present the perfect conditions for the first installment of Tidepool Discovery Days from Friends of Netarts Bay.

The event will see staff and volunteers stationed on the beach, teaching folks about the creatures that live in the rocky tide pool areas, how they survive and how to enjoy them without disturbing them. Participants will learn about anemone clone wars, how a sea star eats and how hermit crabs steal shells from other crabs

“When we stop to take a closer look, it is amazing the diversity and vast amount of life that is living on what seems to be a boring rock, or even on one ancient mussel shell,” said Chrissy Smith of Friends of Netarts Bay.

Saturday, June 8, is also World Oceans Day, prompting Friends of Netarts Bay to partner with Tillamook County Solid Waste to host a micro-plastic beach clean up. Folks are encouraged to bring their families and help clean up the beach and explore the intertidal zone from 10 am to 1 pm. Registration is recommended and will provide more detailed information, but is not required.

Saturday’s events will take place at Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site, due west of Tillamook.

Tidepool Discovery Days are part of the Explore Nature Tillamook Coast series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. For more information, go to explorenaturetillamookcoast.com.

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