We’ve had the pleasure of living at the beach on both the east and west coast of the US. We’ve lived on the coasts of both Florida and Georgia. But previously (in a crazy game of “let’s see how far we can move”), we lived in the small, coastal town of Newport, Oregon.
The coasts are radically different, and one of the things we love about each coast is its unique animal habitats.
Photos of anemones and sea stars in these intertidal zones give the impression that their home is a calm, quiet and safe place; when actually, the opposite is true. They may be soft to the touch, but they have to be tough to survive.
The critters must be able to cope with a constantly changing environment.
Fluctuations in water temperature, salinity, huge waves, strong currents, exposure to midday sun, and hungry predators are just a few of the threats these animals face every day.
Oh, and then there’s being completely submerged at high tide …
… then totally exposed to air at low tide.
Yep, no sissies in the tide pool.
1. By Jason Hollinger via Wikimedia Commons
2. By Thomas Shahan via Wikimedia Commons