Daily tides govern the rhythm of life along the Gulf Shores.
Low tides reveal a myriad of organisms that inhabit broad expanses of mudflat. Those organisms include algae worms, snails, crabs, shrimps, clams — and visiting predators.
High tides flow inland over mudflats, flooding the salt marshes that serve as nurseries for many species of fish and crustacean. These animals live in the Gulf as adults and return to the marsh to feed, mate and — perhaps — become prey for other marsh animals.