Friday, February 3, 2012

Tidepool App

This looks very cool, and its free!

Make exploring the beach a fun and educational experience and learn about the creatures that inhabit this dynamic and important ecosystem.

It's one thing to find an urchin or a fish.

It's more fun to learn that a red urchin can live for 100 years, or that the fish you've just dicovered is a baby Opaleye that can breathe air when young!

Search a database containing: photos, common and scientific names, taxonomy, description, habitat, eats and eaten by, fun facts, frequently asked questions, and more.

This iPhone app works on an iPad too! And, is a great tool for teachers, naturalists, 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, LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students), and volunteers from Citrix Systems, Inc. 

The App was also designed to raise awareness about the future Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS) which will increase ocean literacy by engaging visitors in scientific discovery (more at octos.ucsb.edu).

Search for Tidepools in the Apple Store and download using a wireless network as it is a fairly large file (186mb).
Screen shots and more info here: http://itunes.apple.com/app/california-tidepools/id497631839?mt=8

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