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Tidepools are isolated pockets of water found amongst intertidal zones along the coast. They can range from inches to several feet deep and house all sorts of sea life, such as marine animals during low tide. And while tidepools are generally safe for us to explore, it is vital to be cautious of the wildlife in our exploration.

Preserving and improving the environment better than we found it, is a great practice to live by when traversing the earth, especially when exploring sensitive ecosystems. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to safely have an immersive learning and exploration experience without disrupting the wildlife:

  1. It is key to walk lightly and watch your step. Most of the rocks within tide pools are covered with plants and animals, so it is imperative to not step on precious habitats.
  2. Marine life is much more sensitive to human contact, therefore, if you touch any of the plants or animals, make sure you are gentle. Compared to other creatures, marine life is very fragile, and you can accidentally harm an animal by being too rough or careless.
  3. Most importantly, leave everything as you found it. Simple acts such as turning over a rock or exposing the animals to the sun can hurt them. There are laws in place that forbid the collection of tidepool substances for a reason! So, for the benefit of the ocean, and its beautiful ecosystems, return everything exactly where you found it.

While it may be tempting to get knee-deep in a tidepool and explore every crevice, make sure you are exploring the ecosystem in a way that is not only safe for you, but for marine life as well!

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