What Oceanic Tide Pools Teach About Diversity

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Tide Pool lifeTide pooling for knowledge.  Have you ever gone tide pooling at the beach? Can such an activity give you a better knowledge of this world? I can think of no better way to learn our place on this planet.

Traipsing around the edge of the ocean, jumping over rocks, looking into the swirling, foaming sea water at the myriad of creatures that live on the world that spends half the time under water and the other time baking in the sun? Crabs of all shapes and colors hiding under rocks, scavenging for that next little morsel they will call dinner. Some crabs are red, others blue, and perhaps a yellow or black. Some will be missing a leg or two, others carry a shell on their back, and others do not. The diversity of this one little category of creatures is amazing.

The crabs are competing for space with snails, sea lions and seals. Small fish are swimming in the water, sea anenami are floating in the waves, sea stars and mussels are clinging to the rocks. The diversity of the place is astounding. No two creatures are the same, and even categories of creatures are incredibly diverse in their features.

All of these creatures live together in a relatively small section of the world. Take them too far away from this unique environment and they will die. We humans are very much the same. We live in a small sliver of the earth where we can breath, tolerate the temperatures, and find enough food and water to survive. We can only travel deep into the oceans or high into the skies if we take a container of our environment with us. We must share this sliver of environment with all sorts of other creatures, animals and reptiles of striking diversity.

Diversity is our world. Only small thinkers complain about diversity.

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