Visiting Tide Pools

What should you bring? What conditions to be aware of? What are the attractions, and activities?

Of course, the basic items needed are diving clothes, or the basic swimming attire, including goggles. Boats and rafts are not needed, because most tide pools are small and shallow. You may want to bring a waterproof camera, because the colors and views are outstanding.

Average Temperatures are 45* to 55* Fahrenheit. Density and Salinity varies because of rain or evaporation. Rain evens out density at times, and during evaporation, density increases, because water levels are deducted, leaving more salt in the remaining waters. These changes often happen during sunrise and sunset.

Your trip to tide pools will be well worth it. Tide pools are full of little critters, full of life and activity. Tide Pools are homes to hundreds of species, creatures varying from crabs, starfish, fish, mussels, and orche stars. Tide Pools are also known for their aqua plants. Scattered and covering the floor, the colors are unbelievable.

Remember, tide pools are homes of hundreds! The one thing you can do is Watch. Sightseeing in or out of the waters. Interfering with wildlife is unnecessary. With all of the colorful plants and animals, could make great pictures, too!

"All About Science" and "Human Impacts"

How beautiful and lively tide pools sound! But, they are actually sensitive and require creative adaptions to be able to even stay In waters. Climate, Tide Strength, Salinity, and Temperatures all take part. Many creatures require a certain temperature or a certain level of salinity, but rapid changes disallows that. Tides rising and falling every day constantly changes the levels of salinity, so Animals or Plants that can't tolerate changing conditions- will die. TIdes also affect organisms living in the waters by force. The rapid waves pushing and pulling knocks anything around. In order to stay in one spot, animals must have developed an adaption. Putting aside that the Beautiful tide pools are homes for hundreds, there are many hazards that come with it, listed before.

Not only natural hazards, but human-made hazards, as well. Garbage and discarded trash have been littered around tide pools, causing animals to mistake some items as prey, resulting for them to choke themselves, and die. Also, visitors could take illegal action by stealing or collecting shelled animals such as abalone, molluscs, oysters, and mussels. These "items" or "animals" are TIde Pool's resources.

However, humans aren't a %100 threat to TIde Pools. Many organizations of areas restrict and watch out for the collecting / capturing of the animals, and locals may host weekly clean-ups to prevent trash to build.

Here is a link to a World Map of Tidal Zones!