The tides of the North Atlantic are the world's highest, and they reveal a world of amazing seashore life--from jellies and sea anemones, to clams and crabs, to seaweeds and lichens. With some 300 crisp, vibrant color photographs and brief, precise descriptions, this field guide makes it easier than ever to identify Atlantic seashore life from Canada to Cape Cod. Duane Sept covers more than 225 common intertidal species found on rocky shores, sandy shores, mud beaches, and floating docks, and explains the natural history of these specialized organisms. He also describes tidal habitats, tells how to explore the seashore in a safe and environmentally responsible way, and provides extensive information on some of the best places in the North Atlantic to view seashore life. Both casual and dedicated beachcombers will find this a handy, enjoyable, and reliable guide.
* The first full-color photographic guide to North Atlantic seashore life * Includes some 300 color photographs and illustrations * Makes species identification quick and easy * Covers more than 225 common intertidal species found from Canada to Cape Cod * Covers rocky shores, sandy shores, mud beaches, and floating docks * Tells how to explore safely and in an environmentally responsible way * Provides extensive information on some of the best places to visit in the Atlantic Northeast
J. Duane Sept is a biologist, writer, and award-winning photographer. His many books include "The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest" and "The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life of California".
INTRODUCTION 10 Understanding Tides 11 Understanding Intertidal Habitats 15 Sand Beaches 16 Mud Flats 16 Rocky Shores 16 Intertidal Zones 17 Micro-habitats 19 Harvesting Shellfish 19 Protecting Our Marine Resources 21 Observing Intertidal Life 21 A Note of Caution 21 The Scientific Classification of Living Things 22 Getting the Most out of This Guide 24 INTERTIDAL CREATURES KINGDOM Animalia Sponges PHYLUM Porifera 26 Sea Anemones, Jellies, and Allies PHYLUM Cnidaria 30 Comb Jellies PHYLUM Ctenophora 40 Marine Worms PHYLA Platyhelminthes, Nemertea, Annelida, and Echiura 43 Moss Animals PHYLUM Bryozoa 57 Molluscs PHYLUM Mollusca 60 Arthropods PHYLUM Arthropoda 110 Spiny-skinned Animals PHYLUM Echinodermata 128 Tunicates (Non-vertebrate Cordates) PHYLUM Chordata 138 Fishes (Vertebrate Cordates) PHYLUM Chordata 142 INTERTIDAL PLANTS & FUNGI KINGDOMS Plantae & Fungi Green Algae PHYLUM Chlorophyta 147 Brown Algae PHYLUM Ochrophyta 153 Red Algae PHYLUM Rhodophyta 163 Flowering Plants PHYLUM Anthophyta 173 Lichens PHYLUM Ascomycotina 177 SELECTED SITES FOR EXPLORATION 181 Map of the Atlantic Northeast 182 Nova Scotia 183 Prince Edward Island 186 New Brunswick 187 Newfoundland, and Labrador 190 Maine 191 New Hampshire 195 Massachusetts 196 SELECTED REFERENCES 200 GLOSSARY 202 ILLLUSTRATIONS FOR IDENTIFICATION 205 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 213 INDEX 214