Go with the flow: tidal migration in marine animals

  title={Go with the flow: tidal migration in marine animals},
  author={Robin N. Gibson},
  • R. Gibson
  • Published 1 August 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • Hydrobiologia
Many shallow-water organisms are subjected to regular, frequent and considerable changes in their environment imposed by the tides. Such changes range from complex alterations in local conditions, as in the intertidal zone, to simpler variations in current speed and direction offshore. To take advantage of the opportunities these changes provide, many animals undertake regular vertical and/or horizontal migratory movements in synchrony with the tidal cycle. Others use tidal currents selectively… 
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