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Inter-tidal zone

The inter-tidal zone has many photographic opportunities. You will need to look carefully at your local area. Permanent structures and features such as rocks in the zone will have many marine creatures and possibly plants on them. Photos can aim to show the area of coverage while closer shots show the density of living things. Features of interest can include:

  • Pylons with living creatures on them. A ruler that shows how far from the top of the pylon the organisms survive is very useful. Close-up photos of the density and kinds of organisms can also be taken. Obviously these photos can only be taken at low tide. 
  • Monthly photos of the material washed up onto the beach provided it is not removed by a beach tractor. Take wide sweeping photos and close-up photos of beach material.
  • Beds of mussels.
  • Beds of seaweed exposed at low tide - both wide angle and vertically down from about 1.3 m. 
  • Beds of sea grass exposed at low tide - Both wide angle and vertically down from about 1.3 m.
  • Into a mangrove at the highest tide and lowest tide; take some images of the roots as well. 
  • Photos of the different zones in a salt marsh; this is most easily done from a boardwalk. 
  • Photos of tubeworms on very large rocks where the tube worms have not covered the tops of the rocks. 
  • Limpets at low tide. They like to return to the same location to rest.
  • Into rockpools at low tide. 
  • Highest and lowest tides for beaches and rock platforms. 

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