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Tidepool Companions

Tidepool Companions
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Categories: Echinoderms
Camera: Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-03 11:22
Viewed: 5138
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another post of the tidepools created by a minus tide on nearby Oregon beach.
Sea Anemone

Although Sea Anemones look like flowers, they are predatory animals. These invertebrates have no skeleton at all. They live attached to firm objects in the seas, usually the sea floor, rock, or coral, but they can slide around very slowly. Sea anemones are very long lived. There are over 1000 species of anemones found in coastal waters worldwide, in shallow waters (including coral reefs), and in deep oceans. They catch food using the tentacles, which have poisonous stingers (called nematocysts).

Classification: Kingdom Animalia (animals), Phylum Coelenterata (corals, jellyfish, sea anemones, hydroids), Class Anthozoa meaning "flower-like animals" (corals and sea anemones), Order Actiniaria.

Sea Stars

Sea stars (also known as starfish) are spiny, hard-skinned animals that live on the rocky sea floor. These invertebrates are NOT fish; they are echinoderms. Sea stars move very slowly along the sea bed, using hundreds of tiny tube feet. There are over 2,000 different species of sea stars worldwide. Sea stars are carnivores (meat-eaters). They eat clams, oysters, coral, fish, and other animals. They push their stomach out through their mouth (located on the underside of the sea star) and digest the prey.
Most sea stars have five arms (or a multiple of five) that radiate from a central disk. Sea stars do not have a brain; they have a simple ring of nerve cells that moves information around the body. Eyespots (primitive light sensors) are at the tip of each arm. If a sea star's arm is cut off, it will regenerate (regrow).

Classification: Kingdom Animalia (animals), Phylum Echinodermata (echinoderms), Class Asteroidea (sea stars), about 2,000 species.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-04-03 11:32]

the composition is well made Evelyn,
the two in one, with the lovely colours is well made.
good in pov, very nice job.
gr. jaap

Great capture and good details, The colors are Great POV, BG just perfect, TFS Kyle

Hello Evelynn, clean composition, and good detail although the light seems a bit harsh, maybe some fill flash would even it out. Well done.

great red "star"! Good composition, details, light, POV!
Good note!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-03 22:21]

A great presentation of these two denizens of the Pacific West Coast tidepools. I like the many textures in this scene. The bumps on the sea star delineate intricate patterns. Nice complementary colors and interesting POV. TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-04-04 0:02]

Hi Evelynn, great tidepool shot. All very natural looking with the sand nearly covering the sea anemone. Pretty sea star too, love its colours and patterns. Good shot.

Here we have had problems with new immigrants stripping our rocky shores of our shell fish (for food and soups). This has stopped the fish coming in close to the shore area and not many fish are being caught now by recreational fishermen. Signs get put up, but "We can't read your them!!"

Hi Evelynn,
This sea star is realy red. I've only seen the darker versions and the orange like. Great to see the little details in both creatures. Colors and light are nice and natural.

:-) tomorrow, I'm out

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