EXPLORING TIDEPOOLS CORONA DEL MAR BEACH

HERMIT CRABS

I SAW A LOT OF HERMIT CRABS IN THE TIDE POOLS AT THE BEACH. HERMIT CRABS HAVE TO HAVE A SHELL TO PROTECT THEIR ABDOMENS (STOMACH). AS HERMIT CRABS GROW THEY NEED A BIGGER SHELL, SO THEY GO TO FIND A NEW SHELL. HERMIT CRABS KEEP SEA ANEMONE ON THEIR SHELLS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. WHEN HETMIT CRABS MOVE INTO ANOTHER SHELL, THEY TAKE THE SEA ANEMONE WITH THEM AND PUT IT ON THEIR NEW SHELL.

INTERESTING FACTS: THE HERMIT CRABS SCIENTIFIC NAME IS PAGUROIDEA. CRABS LEGS GROW BACK WHEN THEY ARE BROKEN OFF.

SEA ANEMONES

DID YOU KNOW, SEA ANEMONES HAVE POISON ON THE SKIN OF THEIR TENTACLES TO PARALYZE THEIR PREY? SEA ANEMONES CAN GROW UP TO ONE METER!!! SEA ANEMONES ARE MANY BEAUTIFUL SHADES OF COLORS. SEA ANEMONES ALSO HAVE A FOOT TO MOVE, BUT THEY ARE VERY TERRITORIAL SO THEY LIKE TO STAY IN CERTAIN PLACES. SOMETIMES SEA ANEMONES FIGHT OTHERS OF THERE KIND FOR SPOTS THEY WANT TO LIVE. WHEN YOU FIND A SEA ANEMONE AT THE BEACH, TOUCH IT, IT FELLS COOL.

INTERESTING FACTS: SEA ANEMONES SCIENTIFIC NAME IS ACTINIARIA. SEA ANEMONES WON'T HURT CLOWN FISH BECAUSE CLOWN FISH SCARE OFF PREDATORS OF THE SEA ANEMONES.

SEA SNAILS

THERE WERE SO MANY SEA SNAILS AT THE BEACH. SEA SNAILS EAT ALGAE AND SEARCH ON THE SEA FLOOR FOR FOOD. THE SEA SNAIL PROTECTS ITSELF BY HIDING IN ITS SHELL. SURE WOULD'NT WANT TO BE A SEA SNAIL.

INTERESTING FACTS:SEA SNAILS SCIENTIFIC NAME IS SEMICASSIS GRANULATA. SEA SNAILS CAN GROW THOUSANDS OF TEETH IN ITS TINY LITTLE MOUTH. A SEA SNAIL CAN KILL A NORMAL SIZED FISH.

SEAGULLS

OF COURSE I SAW A BUNCH OF SEAGULLS AT THE BEACH. SEAGULLS WILL EAT LEFTOVERS. THEY ARE A SCAVENGER BIRD, BUT WILL ALSO HUNT FOR FISH IN THE OCEAN. SEAGULLS FIGHT TOGETHER TO SCARE OFF PREDATORS. THEY CAN DRINK SALT WATER AND FRESH WATER. THEY HAVE WEBBED FEET THAT HELP THEM SWIM. SEAGULLS STAY WITH THE SAME MATE ALL OF THEIR LIFE.

INTERESTING FACT: THE SCIENTIFIC NAME FOR A SEAGULL IS LARIDAE. THEY ARE NOT AFRAID OF HUMANS AND WILL TRY TO STEAL FOOD. THEIR VISION IN BETTER THAN HUMAN EYESIGHT. THEY COMMUNICATE WITH BODY MOVEMENTS.

BARNACLES:

I LIKED TOUCHING THE BARNACLES BECAUSE THEY WERE SQUISHY AND WOULD SQUIRT WATER WHEN YOU TOUCHED THEM. THE PIECES OF SHELLS STUCK TO THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE STICKY. THEY ATTACH THEMSELVES TO A HARD SURFACE AND STAY THERE FOR LIFE. THEY WILL EVEN ATTACH TO AN ANIMAL BUT ARE HARMLESS. THEY MOSTLY EAT PLANKTON AND ALGAE.

INTERESTING FACTS: THE SCIENTIFIC NAME FOR BARNACLE IS CIRRIPEDIA. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF TYPES OF BARNACLES.

EXPLORING THE TIDE POOLS AT CORONA DEL MAR

SEA SNAIL SHELL
HERMIT CRAB
SEAGULLS
BARNACLES

THESE TWO HERMIT CRABS WERE WALKING AROUND UNDER THE WATER.

SEA ANEMONES
A LARGE SEA ANEMONE I FOUND
Created By
Stratford PAYTON
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Created with images by Peter Kaminski - "Kelp and Rocks at Low Tide" • dslr99 - "crab hermit crab land animals" • www.metaphoricalplatypus.com - "Sea Anemone" • q.phia - "dauin- bonnet's corner- common bonnet helmet snail" • daveynin - "seagull on the water"

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