King tides take place when the gravitational pull of the sun and moon are in alignment. The result are the highest and lowest tides that we'll see each year along our coast. The pictures here (taken by Faye Creedon of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife) show the difference between the high and low tides during the king tide event on January 2, 2014. The photos were taken from the shoreline behind the Back Bay Science Center facing north. There is one more king tide event scheduled for this year. For more information, please visit www.californiakingtides.org.
I manage the Community-based Restoration and Education Program based in Newport Beach, CA. I'll be writing on updates around Upper Newport Bay and news in the world of community-based habitat restoration.