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Green Sea Anemone at Muir Beach, California

Fluidity – Water
Green Sea Anemone, Muir Beach, California
egg tempera, 6 x 8 inches

I found this beautiful creature in the intertidal zone at Muir Beach in California. Floating fluidly in and out of the water as the waves ebbed and flowed around it. An inhabitant of that magical place where water, earth and air meet under the gentle warmth of the sun. The intertidal zone, also known as the foreshore and seashore and sometimes referred to as the littoral zone, is the area that is above water at low tide and underwater at high tide. According to many scientists, global warming will cause rising sea levels. If this occurs, it may pose a serious threat to anemones and all other organisms that live in very specializes habitats, such as tidal zones. Of all the harsh environmental factors that intertidal zones face, human interference is by far the most damaging to the intertidal zones and threaten their continued existence. The biggest negative risks from human interference from trampling organisms, collecting species, and pollution.