Discover the amazing world of tide pools and learn about the fascinating animals that live in this harsh environment.  Plants and animals that live in tide pools live in one of the harshest habitats. They are covered by water and exposed to air several times a day. They are pounded by waves and have to withstand rapid temperature and salinity changes. The competition for living space is intense. This series explores the different types of animals and the adaptations they have that allow they can to thrive. The host and local experts explore the tide pools to find and learn about these amazing animals and visit aquariums and other locations to find out more.

Episode #101 SEA SLUGS AND NUDIBRANCHS:  Follow the host and local experts as they explore the tide pools at Leo Carillo State Beach looking for sea slugs and nudibranchs. Learn about these fascinating animals and some of the unique ways they can escape from predators and adaptations they have. Visit a local aquarium to learn more about these animals and how the aquarium raises these animals in captivity.

Episode #102 MUSSELS AND CLAMS:  Whites point has vast mussel beds and smaller channels perfect for marine life to life in. The host and local experts explore this location and learn about why the mussels are so successful and what special adaptations they have that allow them to thrive. Also discover the ruins of a once large resort and search for the hot springs that were once abundant at this location. Visit a local aquarium to learn about their special adaptations they have to attach and hold onto rocks.

Episode #103 BARNACLES: Barnacles can live almost anywhere there is a hard surface to attach too. They also cost governments around the world billions of dollars to control. Join the host and local experts as they explore the tide pools at Crystal Cove State Park to search for barnacles and learn about why they are so successful and why the can cause so much damage. Visit an aquarium to learn how they are related to crustaceans and why they live on their heads.

Episode #104 SEA STARS AND SNAILS: Sea snails have a variety of sizes and shapes. Follow the host and local experts while they explore the tide pools at Shaws cove looking for predatory and grazing snails. Also learn why all the sea stars that once covered this area have all vanished and when they might return. Visit a local aquarium to view and learn about the common sea stars, how to identify them and the fascinating adaptations they have that allow them to move and capture prey.

Episode #105 SEA URCHINS: Learn about the different types of sea urchins found in tide pools and what special adaptations they have that allow them to survive. Follow the host and local experts as they explore the tide pools at Treasure Island and view the deep pools that are loaded with thousands of urchins. Take a tour of a local sea urchin processing plant to learn why this is a thriving industry. Visit with the director of an aquarium to learn some of the interesting behavior sea urchins have and how they are razed in captivity.

Episode #106 CRABS AND LOBSTERS: Hermit crabs and other crabs are very enjoyable to watch in tide pools. Follow the host and local experts as they search for hermit crabs and other common crabs at Woods cove. Learn how they use the shells of snails and how they shed their outer shells to grow. Visit a local aquarium to learn about less common crabs like the kelp crab and how they can change color. Also visit a seafood processing facility to learn about the lobster industry from a fish monger.

Episode #107 LIMPETS AND ABALONES:  There are many types of limpets in tide pools. They range in size from a fraction of an inch to several inches in size. They are found on most rocks and can live for many years. Join the host and local experts as they explore the tide pools at Cabrillo National Park and learn from a park ranger about these animals. Visit a local aquarium to learn why there are so few remaining and the research the aquarium is performing to help restore the populations.

Episode #108 SEA ANEMONES: Some types of sea anemones can clone themselves and form large colonies. Others live a more solitary life but can share the same habitat. Follow the host and staff from the Birch Aquarium on a tide pool tour of Dike Rock as the look for these cloning anemones and other types of anemones. Tour the Birch Aquarium and learn about other animals related to sea anemones. Visit a lab to learn how sea anemones have a symbiotic relationship with algae and clown fish.

Rights Available

Worldwide Television, VOD, Digital, and Educational

Program Details

FORMAT: 8 x 30′ Television Series
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2014
PRODUCER: Splashzone Productions
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

Technical Details

MASTER FILE: ProRes 422, 1920 x 1080
VIDEO: Texted and Textless versions available
AUDIO: Full Mix Stereo (dialogue on camera only; no off-camera narration)

Educational Licensing Details

This title is available to colleges, universities, non-profit institutions and community groups with both Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licenses (DSL). For PPR and DSL ordering information, click here.

PRICE WITH PPR: $295
PRICE WITH DSL: $495
PRICE WITH PPR AND DSL: $595