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Intertidal Excursions

Let’s go Tidepooling!

First Lobster_AnnaMost people enjoy exploring the many tide pools of Maine, but do you know what amazing critters actually live in between the tides? Coast Encounters will take you on a true, hands-on Maine excursion where you will roll up your sleeves and romp in the tide pools. We can meet your family or group on the shore almost anywhere between Kittery and Bath.

If sitting on a boat for hours squinting to catch a glimpse of marine life doesn’t appeal to you, you’ve come to the right place. This adventure is much more than throwing a few snails in a bucket. You’ll turn over rocks, learn how to identify over 30 intertidal plants and animals and use all five of your senses while you are with Carol. And you’ll learn how to explore the tides in a way that is respectful to the delicate, yet harsh environment. Plus our excursions won’t make you seasick!

Discover Life Between the Tides: A Typical Intertidal Excursion

A typical intertidal excursion with Coast Encounters is 3 hours long. We’ll start the day by heading to the shore and looking over the lay of the land. We’ll talk about how critters can thrive in such a rough and ever-changing environment and what kind of survival skills they have developed in order to live in between the tides of Maine.

Next, we’ll start collecting specimens in our individual pails. Carol will first go over basic tide pool etiquette and explain how to properly gather a sampling of critters without damaging the environment or hurting the animals, paying particular attention to which zone they were found in. Then, we’ll examine our critters together around an inflatable tide pool, paying attention to how they look, feel and move. Carol will reveal cool facts about how they move, eat and defend themselves. We might even find a few things to eat along the way!

At the end, Coastal Carol will answer all your questions, review which intertidal zones each critter came from and collectively return all the critters to their proper homes. You’ll also get an official “I Had a Coast Encounter of the Maine Tide” button that you can show off to your friends and family AND a FREE laminated intertidal I.D. guide to use when you go tidepooling on your own.

What You’ll See

The intertidal region is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. On a typical day with Coastal Carol you might see:

  • 3 kinds of crabs
  • 4 kinds of snails
  • 2 kinds of mussels
  • Sea stars (commonly known as starfish)
  • Sea urchins
  • Many varieties of algae (or seaweed); some edible too!
  • Limpets and slipper shells
  • Barnacles
  • Coiled tube worms
  • Sea lace
  • Scuds
  • Baby lobsters 

Handicapped Accessible Beach Explorations

Coast Encounters also offers handicapped accessible explorations of the beach. Carol strolls with participants along a sandy beach in a Landeez beach wheelchair while collecting and revealing cool facts about the live creatures and remnants of sea life that have washed ashore.

 

Let’s go tidepooling! Email or call Coastal Carol at 207-831-4436 to plan your Maine intertidal adventure.