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Shorekeepers Habitat Photos


Identifying the intertidal and backshore habitat types in your study area is a crucial step in a Shorekeeper survey. Once habitats are identified, the rest of the survey is about measuring slope, elevation and documenting the species of plants and animals in each habitat. The following are a collection of habitat photos. It is hoped that these, along with the collection in the Shorekeepers' Guide, will help make identifying habitats easier for Shorekeeper participants.

Fucus habitat on a bedrock substrate, Gabriola Island, B.C.

Fucus habitat on a cobble/boulder substrate, Nanoose Island, B.C.

Bladed Kelp habitat, Ross Bay, Victoria, B.C. Bladed kelps occur only in a narrow band above 0 m tides. Many Shorekeeper surveys may not even include this habitat.

Rock habitat with a bedrock/boulder substrate. Below is a fringe of the Fucus habitat on bedrock. Nanoose, B.C.

Starting at the high water mark (right side of picture) and moving across to the low tide mark (left side of picture): Rock habitat with a bedrock substrate; Sand habitat with sand,pebble,cobble substrates; A second Rock habitat with a bedrock substrate. Near Yellow Point, B.C.

Starting at the high water mark (bottom of picture) and moving across to the low water mark (top of picture): A Sand habitat with a sand and pebble substrates; A Cobble/pebble/shell habitat with cobble, pebble substrates; An Ulva habitat with a cobble substrate; A Sand habitat with a sand substrate; To the left at the bottom, a Fucus habitat with a bedrock substrate. Lantzville, B.C.

Cobble/pebble/shell habitat with cobble, boulder and pebble substrates. Parksville, B.C.
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