Tide Pool Habitat


As someone who grew up in the mid-western United States far from any ocean shore, tide pools were an unknown thing in my youth. This is a fascinating habitat with mostly aquatic creatures and plants that exist in the precarious position of small pockets of water left behind in low spots when the tide goes out. Tide Pool and Shoreline Photos

Tide pools are small pockets of salt water which exist in rocky areas when the tide goes out. This is a harsh environment. The temperature can fluctuate quite a bit through the day as heating from the sun takes place. It can also become much more salty than the ocean because of evaporation. Only to again be consumed by the ocean or sea water when the tide comes in again.

Tide Pools can be challenging to visit. One must time the visit to coincide with low tide or risk being unable to observe well because of the ocean waves. In fact, because the tide can rise quickly in some areas, one can be at risk of getting pounded by waves or trapped in a cave that is underwater during high tide. Never turn your back on the ocean.

The animals that exist in the tide pools are many and varied. It includes snails, crabs, barnacles, sea urchins, starfish, and anemones. Sometimes small fish or other creatures not normally expected get trapped in a tide pool until the ocean water (tide) returns.

Seaweed and algae are the main plants to be found in these areas.

Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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