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Member Exclusive: Guided Point Pinos Tidepool Expedition (registration closed)

(Registration for this event is now closed)

Join the Museum in this wonderful Member Exclusive Event! Doctor John Pearse will lead a small group of museum members on a tidepooling expedition at Point Pinos.

Point Pinos is found at the northwest corner of the Monterey Peninsula and faces the open ocean on one side and Monterey Bay on the other. It is near what is often said to be the Great Tide Pool - where Ed Ricketts observed and collected marine animals. He undoubtedly prowled the intertidal at Point Pinos as well, considering there is a marvelous, large tide pool located near the tip of Point Pinos. 

This expedition will follow the pipe line of Pacific Grove's former sewage outfall, first viewing a wall of sea anemones (probably one huge clone), then clamber across the first island to see the coralline algal-covered rocks that are a vestige of the sewage outfall. There, the expedition may explore a good example of a classic mid-zone mussel bed. 

From the first island, we will cross the low area (wave swept at high tide) to the boulder-strewn intertidal at the base of the second island, where all sorts of strange and colorful creatures cling to the undersides of the rocks, and where bat stars and (perhaps) many nudibranchs will be found in the large tide pool. If there's time, the exhibition may visit the outer side of the island to see what lives on fully wave-exposed rocky walls. 

To register for this event, participants must be a Museum Member. A maximum of 20 participants, including guests of members, will be allowed.

To register, contact Beverly Bruno at 831-648-5716 ext. 16, or email

To become a member, look here!

Earlier Event: June 2
New Volunteer Informational Meeting
Later Event: June 6
Free Guided Museum Tour