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Sea stars are extraordinary organisms that can be found in tide pools. If we are lucky enough, we might spot one! They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are bright pink with 5 legs and others can be purple and have up to 50 legs, woah!! Not only do they look cool, but they also play an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of tide pools. They help balance the mussel population in the intertidal zone by eating them, which allows space for other organisms to thrive! ⭐
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When we are out in the tide pools, let’s be respectful of the sea stars that have made their home there. Pulling them off the rocks can be detrimental to their survival and the health of the intertidal zone. Take some awesome photos of them but leave them be!
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#NationalWildlifeWeek #RecreateResponsibly #RespectWildlife #ProtectWhatYouLove #Wildlife #WilderRanch #SeaStar #Starfish #WilderRanchStatePark #ThatsMyPark #CAStateParks #Intertidal #TidePools #OceanConservation #MarineProtectedArea #YayMPAs castateparks mpacollaborativenetwork📍Uypi land
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A late afternoon walk at Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz yesterday Have I ever mentioned how much I love CA State Parks? 😍 #workinparks #parkslife #jobperks #santacruz #wilderranch #thatsmypark #castateparks ...

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Quick ice cream 🍨 stop on the way to the beach 🏖!
Photo 📷 lewilson.537
Ice Cream 🍦 mariannesicecream
Location 📍 seacliffstatebeach
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Their hypnotic red-ringed yellow eyes and bright orange-red beak encourage curiosity by anyone exploring California’s coast. These shorebirds enjoy snacking on shellfish found among the rocky intertidal zone at #WilderRanch and are able to break open those tough shells by smashing, jabbing, and prying it open until the soft tasty meat is exposed.
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Black oystercatchers lay their eggs on the rocks just above the high-tide line on rocky shores, which means they are sensitive to beach explorers. If you find yourself near the rocky beach while exploring or tide pooling, keep an eye out for these amazing creatures and do your part to protect their homes and by respecting their space. Listen for their distinctive “wheep” call and back away if they are looking at you.
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📸: David Ledig, BLM
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