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Offline somewakko

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Should we move animals 'stranded' by low tide?
« on: 02/05/2010 23:03:14 »
In our recent visit to the Gulf coast of Florida, we found many whelk, sea stars, and clams stranded in the sand by the receding tides. Should we move them back to the water, or leave them in the sand?

I noticed some animals can burrow pretty effectively, so we left them be. But we couldn't resist helping the others into the pools or the ocean. Were we actually helping them?


 

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Should we move animals 'stranded' by low tide?
« Reply #1 on: 04/05/2010 04:44:05 »
Many things become exposed at low tide, such as the organisms you described. These organisms have ways of adapting to the changing tides, such as burrowing and storing water in their body tissues until the next high tide, which normally washes them back into the ocean. Some larger animals sometimes beach themselves for mostly unknown reasons, but the organisms you find on the beach are either dead or waiting for the tide to take them back out. Hope this helps you make a decision as to what to do.
 

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