Estuarine, intertidal, sand, open, eulittoral

These habitats consist of gently to moderately sloping beaches, often bordered on their uppermost portions by a gravelly zone. Relatively few areas in the Salish Sea are mapped using this category, however, as most are considered "partly enclosed."

Habitat attributes

Class ID: 
Class name: 
Estuarine, intertidal, sand, open, eulittoral
14.0 km (in WA)
Primary substrate: 
Secondary substrate: 
Tertiary substrate: 
Substrate stability: 
Substrate key details: 
No stable surface features
Wave exposure: 
Semi-exposed, Semi-protected
Blue book classes: 
Estuarine intertidal sand: Open
Map/survey site examples: 
Mouth of Grays Harbor only; Shorezone considers all Puget Sound sand sites "partly enclosed"
Fish sampling sites: 
Diagnostic species: 
  • Zostera marina
  • Gracilaria pacifica
  • Macoma secta
  • Neotrypaea californiensis
  • Angulus modestus
VEC common associates: 
Clinocardium nuttallii
Species notes: