Life in a Tide Pool

  1. California has hundreds of great tide pool location that feature lots of diversity. Tide pools allow visitors to see the underwater world easily and get a glimpse of the fascinating animals that live below. Tide pools are also one of the few places people can see marine animals up close. I have spent the last few years visiting many of these tide pools and have taken thousands of pictures and many hours of video. I wanted to share these experiences with people so they could also enjoy this rich and fascinating environment. This video has information about a TV series ( lifeinatidepool.com/ ) I produced that features these tide pools, interviews with local experts and visit to local aquariums. I also created a website ( californiatidepools.com/ ), youtube channel ( youtube.com/channel/UC6QwOakAtLkDn1Ld4TwHiAw ) and facebook page ( facebook.com/pages/Life-in-a-Tide-Pool/994854543892815 ) that is updated weekly with lots of great information and stories about my adventures. Please take a moment and watch this video to learn more about all these resources that I hope will make your tide pool visit more enjoyable.

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  2. Sea anemones are fascinating to interact with for young and old tide pool visitors. Some species for huge colonies and can actually go to war over territory. They are carnivores and rely on animals falling in or swimming too close to escape. Several types of algae can grow inside the anemones and provide the animal with food and nutrients. The sea anemones in turn can move around to find the best sunlight for these symbiotic algae. Why are some anemones bright green while others are pale white and yellow? On this episode of Life in a Tide Pool, join the host and local experts as they explore the tide pools at Dike Rock and learn about these fascinating adaptations. Take a tour of the Birch Aquarium to see other similar types of animals include jellyfish and other types of sea anemones found in deeper water. Visit a lab to learn more about the specialized stinging cells they use to capture prey. They also form other symbiotic relationships with several types of fish. More information is available at our website: lifeinatidepool.com/sea-anemones/ and at the California Tide Pools website at: californiatidepools.com/anemones/

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  3. Limpets are very easy to see in tide pools but many visitors don’t recognize them and understand very little. There are many types of limpets that live in tide pools and can actually farm specific areas on rocks. They have fascinating adaptations that allow them the live out of water for extended periods of time and can be territorial at times. On this episode of Life in a Tide Pool, follow the host and local experts as they explore the tide pools at the Carbrillo National Monument to learn how to identify common limpets, what they eat and why they live in certain places in the tide zone. Abalones are related to limpets. There are very few abalones left and the ones that do remain are highly regulated form a fishery management perspective. Visit a local aquarium to see how the aquarium is help to increase the populations of abalone and restore the wild levels to a sustainable population. More information is available at our website at: lifeinatidepool.com/limpets-and-abalone/ and at the California Tide Pools website at: californiatidepools.com/limpets/

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  4. Did you know that barnacle cost governments around the world several billion dollars a year to control and they actually live on their heads? In this episode of life in a tide pool, learn about the common types of barnacles found in tide pools and find out how they can survive and even thrive in such a harsh environment. Follow the host and local experts as they explore the tide pools at Crystal Cove State Park and travel to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to see how they grow and care for their barnacles in captivity. More information is a available for this episode and series at: lifeinatidepool.com/barnacles/ Additional information about barnacles in tide pools is also available at: californiatidepools.com/crystal-cove-state-park-reef-point-tidepools/

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  5. Sea urchins need to be covered by water all the time. They can be found in deeper tide pools that hold water throughout the day. They are covered in spines and have thousands of tube feet similar to sea stars. They do not seem to move around much or do they? On this episode of Life in a Tide Pool, follow the host and local experts as they search for sea urchins at Goff Island. ( californiatidepools.com/aliso-beach-tidepools/ ) Find out what sea stars eat and in what conditions they will leave their homes and forage for other food. Visit a local aquarium to see how they raze and care for sea urchins and learn about the types of sea urchins found in local tide pools. Sea urchins are also big business. The industry produces millions of dollars a year and employs hundreds of people. The host visits a local sea urchin processing facility and takes a tour to learn how they are processed and where they are sold. For more information visit our website at: lifeinatidepool.com/sea-urchins/ and our Tide Pool website at: californiatidepools.com/sea-urchins/

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Life in a Tide Pool

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The series Life in a Tide Pool explores the fascinating world of tide pools. Tide pools occur in rocky locations where the ocean meets the land. This zone is covered by water and exposed to air periodically throughout the day. Both plants and animals…


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The series Life in a Tide Pool explores the fascinating world of tide pools. Tide pools occur in rocky locations where the ocean meets the land. This zone is covered by water and exposed to air periodically throughout the day. Both plants and animals must survive pounding waves, wide temperature and salinity swings and intense competition for space and food. The series explores the types of marine life that live in this harsh environment and looks at how these animals can survive. Each episode focuses on an animal group and takes the viewer to a new tide pool location. Join the host and experts as they explore this fascinating world.

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