Tides of fun are out

A series of extreme low tides is drawing visitors to areas of the shoreline that are normally inaccessible.

Gathering seaweed and drying it on jetty rocks, raking and digging for clams, low-tide enthusiasts took advantage of a -1.86 tide Thursday morning to ford the waters out to sandbars on the lower Yaquina Bay normally well below the surface.

Patty and Joe Ziebart of Salem counted themselves fortunate to among a crowd raking for cockles under the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

“You can rake a lot but it’s just so fun when you get one,” Patty observed. “We’ve been doing this for years. It’s kind of addictive; and we’re trying to get out of the heat.”

Another low tide of -1.84 is set for Friday at 8:04 a.m. and slightly less extremes are slated for Saturday and Sunday.