9 terrific tide pools across the globe
These tiny ecosystems scatter across coastlines from the Pacific Northwest to the Mediterranean Sea.
If you’ve ever walked along the beach and seen a rocky pool filled by the tide, it’s more than just a coincidence. Tide pools are more than just puddles — they’re entire ecosystems that depend on the ebb and flow of the ocean.
While tide pools differ widely around the world, most have some variety of anemone, sea star, shellfish, sponges and plants. The vibrant life that exists within these pools can only thrive in high and low tide zones, while tide pools that dry out usually only foster lichens and barnacles.
Tide pools offer a fun opportunity for the whole family to explore and learn more about marine life and ecosystems in general, as they exist in the intertidal zone of the ocean, squarely between the shore and the deeper, less accessible parts of the ocean.
Looking through the clear, shallow water, each pool is a unique habitat. Here are just a few from around the world:
The tide pool at Dor Habonim in Israel is a place where children can observe marine life up close. (Photo: ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock)
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