What’s In the Tidepools? – March 2022
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Multiple McDonald’s Dorids have been spotted recently in the tidepools. Higher populations of this species generally coincide with El Nino events (warmer water temperatures).
This chiton is located between 2 volcano barnacles. Normally chitons become more active as the tide comes in, in which they consume multiple varieties of algae.
Boring clams are normally found in between the mid intertidal and deeper waters. Their valves and shells occasionally wash up into the tidepools, as they become easy prey when exposed.
California moray eels can grow to be up to 5 feet long and live for over 20 years. Juveniles hide in the intertidal zone but are not commonly seen, especially with their entire body out.
While banded brittle stars are often hiding under rocks because they prefer dark spaces, this one was seen on top of algae in Zone 1. These animals are scavengers, and like their name implies, have flexible, brittle arms.
Marine biologist Lauren Pandori believes this to be a moon jellyfish. Moon jellies, found in most of the world’s oceans, are over 90% water and pose no threat to humans.
Marine biologist Lauren Pandori also helped us identify this as a species of flatworm. It was less than an inch long and moved similarly to a nudibranch. If anyone knows the species name, please comment below.