For a brief time during minus tides the hidden mysteries of the reef are revealed. This is one of the best weekend minus tides of the year. We meet in the parking lot for Agate Beach, and leave promptly so we can explore the infra-littoral zone first. Remember, the tide won’t wait! We will be going out on the reef in hopes of seeing the nudibranchs, the colorful sea slugs known as the butterflies of the sea. With luck we will see several species. Herons, egrets, black oystercatchers, and other birds will be on hand for the low tide buffet spread. As the tide turns, we move back and look at the mid-littoral zone, the rockweed zone, and finally the spray zone. We’ll see at least three species of anemones and various species of crabs, mollusks, crustaceans, and fish. Sea stars are beginning to come back after the devastating wasting disease. Be prepared for a long walk, some of it on slippery seaweed covered rocks, and for getting wet feet!