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+Scott McGee took me to my first tidepool experience at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, CA. I was a bit of a late bloomer because, aside from being born & raised in the forest, I rarely visited the beaches for more than to catch some rays or to go for a quick dip in the small waves when I moved to Ventura & LA counties in my young adult life. I couldn't believe the alien-like Crtrs I met for the first time! It had inspired me to want to join my man on his diving ventures. Here's a favorite of a CrtrRoon on Instagram, MetalClothWood, a Striped Shore Crab (Pachygrapsus Crassipes). This & other Crtrs I met that day are showcased on a video called Tidepool Crtrs via my YouTube channel, https://youtu.be/tK2KCwNiaa4 . In the meantime, below includes a few more factoids I couldn't fit in the video.

Bite Size Factoid: These Crtrs feed on loads of algae, but is also found grubbing on other arthropods, limpets & even their own "peeps". They feed themselves by alternating their large pincers bringing the torn pieces of grub to their mouth. Even though they spend much of their time out of water, they do return to moisten their gills. They can stay out of the water for up to 70 hours. Sometimes you will find these crabs fighting with others. This is usually over food rather than fighting over territories. Goliath usually wins the battle. Size does matter here.
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As some of you may know I was born & raised in the forest so I had little knowledge of what ocean life is like. Today I'm still learning what magnificent, alien-like Crtrs call this harsh, blue beauty, home. Some of those Crtrs pop up during low tides. So, I thought why not create a Bite Size Factoids video, but with a small twist called, Tidepool Crtrs.

The video not only showcases one but several different Crtrs! Yay! This one was a bit of work to edit, but hella fun to put together. The photographs are a mixture of the talented, +Scott McGee of www.underpressurephoto.com & my nifty mobile phone. 📱

Show my video some 💕 & give it a thumbs up 👍 please. If you'd like to see more Crtrs & their beautiful, natural homes subscribe to my channel, youtube.com/c/CarolitaInesCrtrGrl.

Comments are welcomed & shares are so appreciated!

Get Your Crtr On! 🦀🐌🐚🦐
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This is one of my favorite underwater photos that my man, +Scott McGee captured! It hangs so nicely on our wall where I can always stare at it. 😍

Did you know that you can purchase any of Scott's photos as metallic prints? You could either private message us here or go to http://www.underpressurephoto.com/ & check out many of his colorful shots of nature, above & underwater. Go to the "Contact Us" tab & let us know which one you'd like to see on your wall.
Nembrotha Sp. (Nembrotha purpureolineolata?) nudibranch, blue tunicates and stinging hydroids at the shark cavern dive site in Biahah, Bali, Indonesia.

The variety and color of undersea life in Bali is amazing. To me, this photo is candyland, with every square inch of real estate covered by amazing life in technicolor.

Our hearts go out to the friendly residents of Bali, fleeing the potential eruption of Mount Agung and to the island of Puerto Rico, devastated by Hurricane Maria.

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+Scott McGee captured this funky Crtr before he met me, while diving La Jolla Shores. I just had to share its unique beauty w/ my CrtrRoons. I met a Yellowfin Fringehead (Neoclinus stephensae) briefly on one of my dives & they resemble a mudskipper sporting elongated bodies when exposed. They also share some of the facial features.

Bite Size Factoid: There's not much info on these Crtrs, which is a bummer, but here's a tidbit...although they may look similar to a mudskipper they belong to a different family, Chaenopsidae. Crtrs in this family are often found taking residence in empty clam shells or small crevices. Males may use these safety hide outs to protect their kiddos. They feast mainly on crustaceans. It uses its unique set up & patterns to blend w/ its surroundings to confuse potential predators. The dorsal part of its body is adorned w/ sharp looking spines. Good for snuggling ;P If anyone would like to add more info, please share via comments. We need to get some more factoids on these magnificent Crtrs.
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+Scott McGee captures the glistening sliver color of the jacks as they swim thru the rays. #protectouroceans  
School of jacks in the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, MX.

At times like these, we must remember the things we need to protect. Life on our planet, including human life, depends on the sea. If we reverse course on reducing our carbon emissions, we will guarantee more ocean acidification, coral die-offs and warmer oceans. We must not stop our forward progress on Climate Change.

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Check out my blog on this bitter/sweet misadventure dive http://www.crtrgrl.com/tumble-dive/. +Scott McGee & I had ourselves a slap-in-the-face, sand-in-the-pants, lessons learned kind of day. Phew! The sweet part was meeting a mating pair of Sheep Crabs (Loxorhynchus grandis). There's also a short video included in my blog.

Bite Size Factoid: These carnivorous scavengers grub on live or dead bottom dwelling organisms. They're aka Spider Crabs due to their obvious resemblance to a spider. Juvies protect themselves from predators by camouflaging their carapace (shell) using whatever ocean items they can find to decorate it. Once they're adults they stop decorating & instead the algae forming on them is enough to keep cover. Sometimes you may bump into their "twin", when in actuality it's a shell they've molted out of so they can continue to grow into their magnificently, enormous size. Thankfully they're slow maneuvering Crtrs which makes it a treat to photograph.
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I never experienced visiting tide pools until I met +Scott McGee in my late 30s. I really don't have a decent excuse. I've always been a forest/lake girl, not really knowing much about the ocean or met anyone else who grew up as a "fish" in the ocean. So, Scott has been introducing me to the wonderful hidden treasures of his world, from visiting tide pools to experiencing the underwater views via scuba diving & snorkeling.

I'm often left speechless at how magnificent & powerful the ocean is especially w/ the endless types of alien-like Crtrs. Don't get me wrong, we have our land aliens that take my breath away, but the underwater world, for me, is as if I was visiting an entirely new planet. Tide pools reveal some of these Crtrs during low tides. This is where humans & Crtrs can meet for a moment on land before high tide hides them all again. I will share those Crtrs soon, but while I was searching for some of the Crtrs in these little, salted puddles, I bumped into a crustacean that lives on the rocky areas of the beach. I say hello to a Sea Slater (Ligia occidentalis).

Bite Size Factoid: Many of these silverfish/roly poly resembling Crtrs live near the tidal zone to retain water. They do have gills, but only submerge themselves when escaping predators. Like pill bugs, they live mostly on land, but do need to stay in moist environments to prevent from drying out. Their lifespan can range from 2-3 yrs. They come out to feed at night on seaweed & all kinds of rubbish. Another of nature's quicker picker upper.
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Check out how +Scott McGee has learned to improve on capturing the beauty of underwater Crtrs such as this gorgeous nudi. For before & after shots & a great blog go here: http://www.underpressurephoto.com/becoming-an-underwater-p…/
Hermissenda Opalescens on Kelp. This is one of my favorite nudibranchs seen off the coast of California.  The color of their vibrant cerata depends on the food they eat.  Nudibranchs can preserve the nematocysts (stinging cells) of their food in their cerata, providing a defense against predators.

In my latest post, I talk about my journey towards being an underwater photographer, including my very first nudibranch photo - Still not this one.
http://www.underpressurephoto.com/becoming-an-underwater-photographer

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Was my man +Scott McGee always this talented in using large & heavy equipment to shoot Crtrs like these & their magnificent habitat?

Check out the full story on his venture in becoming a professional underwater photographer here, http://www.underpressurephoto.com/becoming-an-underwater-photographer/.

Includes before & after photos!
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How my man +Scott McGee became a bad ass aquanaut & professional underwater photographer. An enjoyable blog with before & after photos that encourages newbie underwater photographers to be patient & enjoy the bubbly journey.
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