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Pam Rittelmeyer's Life on the Shore: Tide Pools

Biography

Pam Rittelmeyer moved to Malibu 5 years ago from New York City. She worked in the movie business as a camera operator for over 15 years. Since she has been living on the Pacific Coast, in between the ocean and the mountains, she has acquired a new found respect for nature. She is currently working as a wildlife photographer while she is in graduate school at Cal State Fullerton where she will be receiving a Masters degree in Geography. Her future plans include pursuing a PhD. She wants to do her doctorate research in marine conservation in China.


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Submitted By Pam Rittelmeyer on April 08 , 2009

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Tidepools

WELCOME BACK, PAM

 

 


Naomi - 4 weeks

I'm back at the beach with my camera, but for the time being I have my eyes on something other than the ocean life. Very soon she will be exploring the tide pools along side me.

 





Submitted By Pam Rittelmeyer on Jan. 12 , 2009

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Shore Crab

 

Shore crabs are abundant on our Southern California beaches in the rocky intertidal zones, but you rarely get to see them since they prefer to stay under the cover of rocks and kelp during the day. Occasionally, they will come out during the day and you might get to see them walking along the shore in all of their splendid colors of red, green, and purple. They have been known to catch flies and many other creatures in their claws, but their favorite food is algae.

 

They, in turn, are eaten by gulls and other animals.  



Submitted By Pam Rittelmeyer on Sept. 01 , 2008

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Sea Anemone

Sea Anemone eating a crab

 

Sea Anemones are related to sea jellies, thus they have nematocysts on their tentacles that allow them to string their prey. Human skin is thick enough that we cannot feel much of a sting from them, but a smaller animal like a crab, tiny fish, or sea urchin will be paralyzed by it. These creatures are able to disguise themselves by attracting bits of shells and rocks to their skin. This crab was robably looking around in the rocks for his dinner when it accidently poked into this sea anemone and consequently became its dinner.

 


Submitted By Pam Rittelmeyer on Aug. 22 , 2008

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Black Turban Snails

 

The black turban snail is a tiny little gastropod found in the tide pools. They are common here in Southern California. They survive on kelp and algae while they in turn are a favored dish to sea stars. It is believed that their shells are solid black when they are young, but since they can live for 20 years or more, the color wears off and becomes lighter on the top. Like many other snails, once they die their empty shells are often inhabited by hermit crabs looking for protection. You'll know this is the case if you see one walking crab-like quickly across the sand!

 


Submitted By rts on Aug. 10 , 2008

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Olive Snails

 

 

If you look closely in the sand at the water's edge near the tide pools along the Pacific coast, you just might spot a couple of these purple olive snails (Olivella biplicata). Their beautiful colorful shells were so admired by the Chumash Indians that they were once used as money. They are about the size of a penny, but today they aren't worth even that, so please don't take them out of the ocean. They are crucial to the marine environment since they eat the detritus and they are tasty food for sea stars, octopuses, and other animals.

 

 

 

Submitted By Pam Rittelmeyer on July 27 , 2008

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Sea Turtles in Hawaii

Sea turtles live most of their long lives in the deep ocean. The females swim many miles to the beach to lay their eggs.

 


As the coastline has become developed, there are very few secluded places like this left for them to lay their eggs.

 

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This spot in Hawaii, USA is one of the few remaining where the turtles
are safe from predators long enough for the eggs to hatch. Soon after hatching, the young turtles and their mothers swim into the ocean.

 

 


Submitted By Pam Rittelmeyer on July 14 , 2008

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July 5th, 2008

The day after the 4th of July I decided to check out the tide pools as soon as the sun came up since that was the time of the lowest tide for the day. I was sad to see that my local Malibu, California beach had been trashed by revelers the night before. It was 6:00 am so there were not many people on the beach yet, but I did find a couple of local residents cleaning up. This beach does not have a paid clean up crew, so it is up to all of us who enjoy the beach to clean it up. I wish that people would take their trash with them.

 


There were dozens of empty bottles and cans and even a table and the frame from a tent left over from the night before.

 


One local resident interrupted his morning walk to pick up the trash that others had left behind. His trash bag was filling quick. He even picked up a broken umbrella someone had dumped.

 


I filled one big trash bag myself and then made my way to the tide pools. I was happily surprised to see that there were several new, young sea stars and bat stars.

 


This vulnerable little bat star found a great hiding place - his own "bat cave."

 



Submitted By Pam Rittelmeyer on July 08 , 2008

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Seagulls & Sea Urchins

Seagulls are carnivores and scavengers that live near the sea shore along the Southern California beaches. Their favorite foods are crabs, sea urchins, and sea stars. Purple sea urchins are a special delicacy for them. Sea urchins are related to sand dollars which are rarely found anymore on beaches with a lot of human traffic because too many people have taken them as souvenirs.


These sea creatures, scientifically called echinoderms, move slowly with their tube feet as look for algae to eat. They tend to hide underneath rocks in the tide pools for protection. Finding one takes a long time and it is a special treat for a seagull. Gulls will become offensive if they see that another gull has found one.

 

If you look closely, you will see that there is a purple sea urchin hiding between the rocks in the center of the frame.

 


A group of gulls hunting for purple sea urchins.

 

 

The gulls make a lot of noise if another one finds a sea urchin. It's as if they are trying to scare it so that it drops it.

 

 

This gull got away from the others with its prized food.

 

 

 


Submitted By Pam Rittelmeyer on June 27 , 2008

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Zuma Beach

While I do not advocate feeding the animals at the beach, I photographed this man at Zuma Beach in Malibu doing just that. He has been feeding seagulls there for many years. He is able to get them to eat out of his hand. They flutter above him until he is ready to release the food.


 

 

Submitted By Pam Rittelmeyer on June 12 , 2008

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