Videos

These are a selection of videos from the made for TV series about life in tide pools. They are 26 minutes long and each episode covers one or more common animal groups found in tide pools. All the episodes where filmed in California locations including visits to local aquariums and local fish processing facilities. These is a small fee to stream or download these videos.

The series is also available on Amazon Prime and available for download and purchase. The series is distributed worldwide for Broadcast by Janson Media

Sea Slugs & Nudibranchs

Follow the experts as they explore Leo Carrillo State Park looking for sea hares and nudibranchs. Sea hares and nudibranchs are related to snails but they don’t have a shell. They have several amazing adaptations that they use to protect themselves. Viewers learn more information about sea hares on a visit to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and visit with the director.

Mussels and Clams

On this episode, the team visits Whites Point tide pools in search of mussels and clams. Mussels are commonly found in the mid inter tidal zone and can create vast beds. They are a common food source for many animals. The team visits the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to learn about their mussels and adaptations they have to survive. The episode finishes with a trip to Catalina Offshore products to visit Fish Monger Tommy Gomes to hear about how they are grown and different types available for consumption.

Barnacles

Barnacles are one of the more common animals seen in a tide pool. They live in the highest parts of a tide pool that get just a splash of water each day. They also live in the middle and lower sections throughout the tide pool area. Barnacles are also crustaceans and related to crabs. The team visits Crystal Cove State Park to learn more about the types of barnacles and see the different species in the wild. Viewers also learn how barnacles shed their outer skin and grow by talking to the aquarium staff at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Sea Stars & Snails

The team visits Shaws Cove tide pools to learn all about sea stars and snails. Sea stars are one of the most widely recognizable animals in a tide pool but they have all vanished. Learn why all the sea stars are gone and when they may return. Viewers also learn about the many different kinds of snails including the predatory welks that eat mussels, clams and barnacles. The team travels to the lab and a local aquarium to learn more about sea stars and the amazing adaptations they have to survive in tide pools.

Sea Urchins

Sea urchins can be found in deeper pools in the lower portions of a tide pool. Most all the urchins are the common purple urchin but once in a while, the larger red urchin can be seen. On this episode, the team visits Goff Island in search of sea urchins and learns how they survive, what do they eat and what happens when they run out of food. A trip to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is followed by a visit to Catalina Offshore Products. Viewers are then taken a tour of the sea urchin processing facility.

Crabs & Lobsters

On this episode, the team visits the tide pools at Woods Cove in search of crabs. There are a few types of crabs commonly found in tide pools but the most interesting to watch for visitors are the hermit crabs. Viewers learn how crabs can grow by process called molting. The team visits the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to learn about kelp crabs. The team then travels to Catalina Offshore Products to meet with Fish Monger Tommy Gomes to learn all about Lobsters and the fishery.

Limpets & Abalone

The team visits the Cabrillo National Monument to learn all about limpets and abalone. The tide pools at this location are great for learning about limpets especially Owl limpets and the Giant Keyhole limpet. Learn about how algae supports the environment and the difference between kelp, algae and sea weed. The team then visits a local aquarium to learn about why abalone is endangered and how abalone restoration projects that may one day help restore the populations.

Sea Anemones

Sea anemones are one of the more fascinating animals in a tide pool. On this episode, we follow one of the Birch Aquariums staff on a field trip to their local tide pools. Viewers can see the different types of anemones an learn what they eat and why they only live in certain places. We then return to the Aquarium to visit their tide pool exhibit where visitors can sea and touch some of the animals. Viewers are then taken behind the scenes to look at how the exhibit are maintained and watch how the aquarium staff feed the fish.