I picked Squalicum Beach for my first rock flip. I figured along the shore there would be lots to see. The first section of the beach is sandy, but as you walk along the shore it turns to pebbles and then larger rocks. There were lots of wave smoothed rocks to choose from. And the presence of seaweed along the tide line made me hopeful.
I picked a medium sized rock at the water line for my flip. I figured critters would like the intertidal zone for a home.
But when I flipped my rock over, here is what I found.
What I found wasn't what I expected, a crushed beer can. I looked carefully but found no evidence of anything moving or tucked in a seaside home. I'm not sure what this says about my bay. It sure looked like good critter territory. Even though I found no visible life, I replaced the rock just in case there was someone down deep waiting for their roof to return.
Would you like to participate? There's still a bit of time left. I learned about Rock Flipping Day from the current organizer, Susannah over at Wanderin' Weeta, but it was started by Dave Bonta and Bev Wigney in 2007. Here's how it goes.
- On September 11th find your rock(s) to flip.
- Record what you find.
- Replace the rock; it's someone's home.
- Post on your blog, or load photos to the Flickr group.
- E-mail Susannah a link or comment on any IRFD post.
- If you're on Twitter, the hashtag is #rockflip.