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Intertidal Organisms

Purple Seastars
Rebecca Smith
 

Don't miss an opportunity to go exploring at low tide. Tidepools in American Camp are especially rich with sea anemones, pink, purple, and orange sea stars, sea urchins, crabs, periwinkles, dogwinkles, great tangles of kelp and the largest chiton in the world: the gumboot.

Intertidal communities are valuable vital signs of important changes in the near-shore marine ecosystem as well as marine water quality. They are vulnerable to stressors such as pollution (e.g. oil spills), harvest, trampling, and global climate change.

Links:

University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories
http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/

Fishing and Shellfishing
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/

NCCN Intertidal Monitoring http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/nccn/vs/intertidal/intertidal.cfm

Did You Know?

camas

Camas bulbs were so highly prized by Northwest Indians for their creamy potato/baked pear taste that groups sometimes fought over the best growing areas, and people traveled great distances to harvest the bulbs and prepare them into thin, dry cakes. To ensure future harvests, the Indians burned the prairie regularly.