Peering into tide pools :: À espreita nas poças de maré

Tide pools are truly fascinating places! Seen from far they simply look like rocks but once you get close, really close, you find yourself facing an immense diversity of life.

The creatures that live in these areas never cease to amaze me. There are tiny fishes that hide between algae; anemone; curious shrimps… every time I observe them I find something new! Last time I discovered sea hares feeding quietly on sea weed. Despite their size (they can be larger than an adult human hand) they blend extremely well with their environment. I was impressed by their size and somehow they reminded me of nudibranchs, although they are in fact shelled creatures.

I would probably have spent the whole day peering into the shallow waters treasures, but with the tide rising it was time to leave the beach. I hope that you enjoy!

As poças de maré são lugares fascinantes! Vistas de longe parecem apenas rochas mas quando estamos mais perto, muito perto,  damos por nós a ver uma diversidade imensa de vida.

As criaturas que vivem nestas áreas não deixam de me surpreender. Há pequenos peixes que se escondem entre as algas, anémonas, camarões curiosos… sempre que as observo encontro alguma coisa nova! Da última vez encontrei lebres-do-mar, ou vinagreiras, a alimentarem-se calmamente de algas. Apesar do seu tamanho (algumas são maiores que a mão de um adulto humano) camuflam-se extremamente bem no seu ambiente. Fiquei impressionada com o seu tamanho e de alguma forma lembraram-me nudibrânquios, embora sejam animais com concha.

Teria passado o dia inteiro a espreitar os tesouros nas poças de água, mas com a maré a subir chegou o tempo de deixar a praia. Espero que gostem!

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