Beached boats found as Puget Sound faces low tides – KIRO 7 News Seattle

SEATTLE — On Thursday, Chopper 7 spotted several stranded boats and buoys as Puget Sound faced another day of low tides.

On Wednesday, the lowest tide was recorded in 13 years and was 4.28 feet below normal during the afternoon.

However, Thursday’s tide in the strait was forecast to be 4.11 feet below normal at 12:58 p.m., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A wobble in the moon’s orbit, which is nearing its peak, is causing the tides to come in and out more powerfully than usual, according to a report by KUOW.

While at Golden Gardens, KIRO 7’s Kevin Ko spoke to Seattle resident Alison Krupnick, who loves low tides.

“We are paying attention to this. We go out all the time at low tide. And I know this one is historic,” Krupnick said.

Although she enjoys the low tide experience, Krupnick said her husband is a tidal jerk.

“I am not a fool myself. He’s my husband and when we were raising our kids it’s always something we love to come here to experience on low tides. It’s one of the best things about living in this neighborhood.

This week, his love for low tides is at its peak.

Krupnick wasn’t the only person enjoying the low tide. Seattle resident Cary Washburn was found enjoying the low tide and is a fan.

Washburn explained that at low tide, “people can see things they don’t normally encounter on their walks on the beach.”

While the low tide brought joy to some, it had a big impact on ferry travel. The Washington State Department of Transportation said the tide limited the movement of oversized vehicles attempting to use the Edmonds/Kingston or Mukilteo/Clinton roads.

Sailings have also been canceled at Port Townsend and Coupeville.

Now, for those who plan to stay ashore, the Seattle Aquarium offers tours with beach naturalists, or you can head out to a beach solo.

“It’s just a wonderful way to connect with nature in the city, especially during the pandemic, how over the last two years it hasn’t necessarily felt safe in many spaces,” said Seattle’s James Kuhn.

While low tides are a great time to explore tidal pools, experts say very low tides are the most stressful times for soft-bodied creatures that are almost always underwater, according to KUOW.

Make sure to be careful.

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