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California Tidepools


This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Make exploring the beach a fun and educational experience and learn about the creatures that inhabit this unique ecosystem. It's one thing to find an urchin or a fish. It's more fun to learn that urchin can live for 100 years, or that the fish is a baby Opaleye that can breathe air when young. Search a database containing: photos, common and scientific name, taxonomy, description, habitat, eats and eaten by, fun facts and more.

This app is essential for teachers, guides, students, and anyone who is curious about tidepool life on the California coast. Created by the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, UCSB Marine Science Institute, the Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science, LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students), and volunteers from Citrix Systems, Inc.

What's New in Version 1.3

Updated tidepool entries and FAQ.

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Customer Reviews

What a fantastic app!!

This is such a great app. for tide pooling or just walking on the beach. The staff is fantastic. I have email several picture of creatures that I have found on the beach to them and the staff hasn't let me down identifying these creatures.
No need for Wifi or cell service to run this app.
Thank you for putting all of this information at my fingertips.

Easy access

What a fun way to get the little bits of information that make tide pooling even that more fun and educational. Great guide for students and teachers too. would love to see a way for users to upload their pictures of these critters and where the images were taken for social media

Excellent resource

Great to have on hand when exploring tide pools in California. Just be careful not to drop your phone in one!

California Tidepools
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  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 37.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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