Tidal pools are miniature sea worlds, teeming with ever-changing life. This book offers close-up views of shoreline ecosystems that spotlight the amazing variety of tidal pool inhabitants and the ongoing drama of their struggles to adapt and survive.
Snails, clams, and sea worms populate these pages, alongside crabs that scuttle across the ocean floor with sponges clasped to their backs as camouflage, and starfish that turn their stomachs inside out to digest a mussel's soft body right inside the bivalve's own shell. Life in a Tidal Pool introduces the reader to plankton and algae; traces the life cycles of the jellyfish and its relative, the sea anemone; and profiles a host of other marine creatures, both the familiar and the less well-known.
Authors Alvin and Virginia Silverstein have created more than 70 science books for children and adults. Written in a direct, conversational style, this fascinating look at the tidal zone is complemented by 32 drawings and a glossary.