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Great Tides & Landscapes

in Saint-Malo
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Travel consultant, underwater traveler in the open air!

In the heart of the High Tides!

Direction to the Grand Sillon beach

The presentations are made, the departure is given and our small group of 36 people heads towards the big beach of the Sillon. A first break is necessary just in front of the breakwaters and Yann takes out a large marine map from his bag. The walk starts with a reading of the landscape, to which he includes some very interesting anecdotes about the history of Saint-Malo, the reason of the breakwaters which are not only used to break the waves and the tides in the bay of Saint-Malo. Some questions are already coming up but Yann does not answer them all. Several steps further on, we learn a little more about the little people who live in the tidal zone, between the sand worm and his compatriots, used to live 6 hours with their nose in the air and 6 hours with their gills in the water. The green. dark blue and light blue parts of the marine map soon have no more secret for us.

It is an almost lunar landscape of rocks covered with algae that offers itself to us.

Finally, we arrive on the area of the lowest seas, the one that discovers only during exceptional tides, at the spring and autumn equinoxes. It is an almost lunar landscape of rocks covered with seaweed that offers itself to us. Cautiously, with our feet in the water, we begin to fish on foot. We started to turn over the rocks in order to observe all this marine fauna and flora. Yann makes us test a seaweed with a subtle peppery taste and explains us that a big part of these brownish seaweeds which populate the foreshore is found in some of our desserts!

A maritime meeting

Suddenly, an exclamation makes us turn around: one of our fishing companions has just met Gaspard the lobster, nestled at the bottom of his pond! He is all beautiful, all blue but a little too small to be brought back and cardinalized (cooked). We are going to put him back in the water in the waves, so that he escapes his other predators, the gulls, which are watching the fruit of our efforts a few rocks further. This is the opportunity to talk to us about the regulations on fishing on foot in the area and we don’t forget to carefully put back in place any rock turned over.

Leaving before being submerged

We meet at the foot of the Grand Bé. Yann is already waiting for us there, giving a taste of some edible plants. Over there, it is the National Fort where our visit started. Gaspard is already under a few centimeters of water, and we take the path that climbs to the top of the islet, greeting François-René, who is resting facing the sea. A little higher up, a vast platform of grass and stones welcomes us and we sit down very wisely, in a circle, around Yann.

Our guide is an ace at natural heritage.

He will now initiate us to the mysteries of the cosmos and the greatest tides of Europe. Three companions of misfortune are designated to interpret the roles of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. The explanations are clear and it’s time for the surprise test! Our guide is an ace in the field of natural heritage. The tide is not waiting, the time has come to go down from the Grand Bé. We took the way of the footbridge to join the beach of Bon Secours. We separate, with stars in our eyes, and we have a brief thought for Gaspard, already under 4 meters of water!

Live this experience

On a walk on the beaches discovered by the biggest tides in Europe, the naturalist guide will accompany you from the beach of Fan to the island of Grand Bé to discover the landscapes and the ecosystems that appear at low tide. After being interested in the different species, the expert will explain the phenomenon of the tides.