|Beavertail ~ Rocky Shore|
Virtual Field Trip
Many other kinds of seaweed exist in our tidepool. It's easy to see how Knotted Wrack got its name because it looks just like tangled knots with air bladders.
There is a lot of deep purple Irish Moss, which is rich in vitamins and can be made into soup or jelly. Ranger Nancy says that a substance found in seaweed is used in jello, ice cream, and even toothpaste!
In addition to all the algae found in our tide pool, we see some animals as well. Three of the major groups of animals in our tide pool are Cnidarians (Jellyfish), Segmented Worms and Mollusks (clams, snails, mussels). We see clumps of mussels, as well as small jellyfish floating around. We aren't in a particularly muddy tide pool, so clams and worms are not as abundant. A fourth group needs mention: Arthropods. The name means "joint-legged", and in the sea a subgroup called "crustaceans" represent the largest group of anthropods. These include the shrimps, lobsters, crabs, and barnacles. We see only crabs and barnacles in our tide pool...perhaps, if we went closer to the kelp zone, we may be able to find some lobsters!