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In Acadia National Park, Maine, the tides change as much as 12 vertical feet.  Life here adapts to the timing and the twice-daily overhaul of the local environment.  Mussels and sea stars stay deep, close to the permanent tide pools.  Barnacles and seaweed cling to rocks, sealing in moisture when the water recedes.  Snails graze the exposed plant life, and birds, raccoons, and other animals cruise the pools when the tide is low, looking for any feeding opportunities they can find.

Photo Credit – Lynn Abbott

This post is in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Challenge, “Layered”.  See other responses here.

5 thoughts on “Tidal Ecosystems, Layered

    • We were there right at the end of July, early August. Beautiful place, although it’s become VERY popular in the last 10 years, and the park itself is pretty crowded in the summer (unless you’re there early in the morning, around dinner time, or over at the less-well-known Schoodic Peninsula). I did a “Lobsters and Lighthouses” post on Acadia right after that trip, and have a couple more things to share… eventually. Hope you find the opportunity to get there!

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