23 Jul '12, 9am

Guidelines for Gentle Beachcombing and Tide Pooling

Guidelines for Gentle Beachcombing and Tide Pooling

Return organisms quickly to their original location and position. Handle them for short periods of time and return them to exactly where they were found. Very different environmental factors can exist between locations that are not far apart, and moving animals from where they are naturally found can expose them to harmful conditions. Rather than passing an organism around a group, one person should handle it gently, briefly show it to others, and then return it promptly to where it was found. An organism that was found in the water should only be handled in the water, rather than exposing it to air while handling it. Organisms that appear to be in the “wrong” place (e.g., it appears that a person has moved it from the lower intertidal to the upper intertidal) should not be disturbed unless it is clear that it has been artificially moved. When in doubt, ask a Park Ranger o...

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