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TIDE POOL WEEK WRAP-UP: BEACH GUIDE, TRIVIA AND MORE

We’re closing out Tide Pool Week with some beautiful, summery weather—the perfect time to head to a local beach and explore some of the amazing animals we’ve been highlighting! Check out our library of animal fact sheets for more details about the birds, fish and invertebrates you might see on your next trip to the beach. And, before you tackle our trivia below, you might want to take a close look at the fact sheets for tide pool ecosystems, barnacles and moon jellies (just saying!).

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Same bird, different plumage

Same bird, different plumage

Tufted puffins are pelagic birds—which means they live on the open ocean—that come ashore only to nest during breeding season. These diving birds are built for life at sea.

pufferfish

Why do pufferfish "puff up"?

Pufferfish will “puff up” as a defense mechanism if they are threatened. A shape that is more than double its original size, round and sometimes covered in spines is much more difficult to bite and isn’t very appetizing to a predator.

Harlequin shrimp: tiny, tough reef predators

Harlequin shrimp: tiny, tough reef predators

This pair of harlequin shrimp, Hymenocera elegans, are feeding on a portion of a sea star in their Ocean Oddities exhibit. As an obligate feeder, this tropical shrimp preys exclusively on sea stars (although some observers note that they may nibble on the tube feet of sea urchins) in the Indo-Pacific region.

Tide Pool Animals

Winter Fishtival January 1: Tide Pool Animals

Join the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival, where we’ll feature different sea animals and fun activities each day. January 1 is all about the many fascinating creatures that make their homes in tide pools.

Rockfish

Winter Fishtival December 31: Rockfish

Join the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival, where we’ll feature different sea animals and fun activities each day. December 31 is devoted to rockfish. See below for a few facts about these long-lived fish, then come to the Aquarium on December 31 to learn more!

Puffins

Winter Fishtival December 30: Puffins

Join the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival, where we’ll feature different sea animals and fun activities each day. December 30 will be all about puffins, the diving birds often referred to as the clowns of the sea. Why? Keep reading to find out—and to discover a bit more about these charming birds!

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