King tides uncover sea life at San Diego County beaches

Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 15:12:38-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County is experiencing two notable weather phenomena this week: strong Santa Ana winds and King tides at the beaches.

King tides happen twice a year when there is alignment of the gravitational pull between the sun and the moon.

Areas of the sea floor that would normally be covered with five feet of water have been exposed at low tide.

10News spoke with a biology class from Mesa College that took advantage of the exposure to view sea creatures.

The tides also flooded part of downtown National City in three to five feet of water.

The high tide Tuesday was at 9:33 a.m., with low tide at 4:42 p.m.