Tidal pools at low tide


Rockpools are particularly challenging and harsh environments. They are a unique habitat, but only at low tide, when they are filled with salty sea water. They are found at all levels of the rocky shore in the areas between the high and low tide marks. Plants and animals that live here must be able to cope with constantly changing conditions as water temperature, salinity and oxygen level fluctuate. Coping with all this, and with crashing waves, in addition to avoiding predators is no easy task. Yet rockpools can be very biodiverse, teeming with molluscs, shrimps and crabs, fish and anemones.

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