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Tide Pools Tide pools What are tide pools Why should we care about tide pools What inhabits the tide pools When I first started to discover tide pools in the first person it became eminent that I didnt have a clue to what the tide pools had to offer and to what they were about I knew that it was where the ocean and the land meet but not what is truly there As you venture down to the tide pools you discover the many varieties and there abundances Tide pools are more then the place were the land and the sea meet It is where Invertebrates live and thrive Invertebrates are animals without a backbone Most of them live on the sea floor they are called benthos If they are stuck to the rocks or bottom they are known as Sessile and they can grow up to be sea anomies Others are Motile or free moving they turn out to be crabs or lobster Mollusks cover a diverse range of habitats and feeding types The many habitats are known as Benthos they live on the ocean floor they are mainly filter feeders They pick up nutrients as they float by with arms or tentacles or Detritivores Dead stuff that sinks to the bottom Planktonic or plankton are open ocean they do not swim are independent of currents Nektonic are open ocean animals that swim independently of currents The anatomy of an invertebrate is a soft bodied animal that have an internal Squid or external Clam shell The basic parts are the Foot which is tissue associated with feeding The Mantle which is tissue covering the mollusks body The Shell which is the protective or structural purpose depending upon the species And finally the Visceral mass also known as the internal organs Guts There are Three major classification for the Mollusk Gastropods Bivalves and Cephalopods Gastropods are stomach foot like snails
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