this orange little guy caught my eye and stole my heart
(same as last year!)
a hermit crab perched on some very old barnacle shells
we have a lot of Dungeness crabs, but this fellow was particularly friendly
a decorator crab showing off its beautiful sponge accessories
be still my heart:
we have a real live heart crab in an aquarium! I've finally seen one!!
the educators were able to show kids how sea stars use their tube feet
to manipulate their prey as this guy opened up a blue mussel
it's an invertebrate-eat-invertebrate world:
here's an urchin chowing down on a little sea star!
The students really seem to enjoy seeing all the fish, playing on the map, and touching the sea cucumbers, scallops, and crabs,and they get to learn about why it's important to keep our oceans clean! Does your community have any fun ocean-themed outreach programs for the kiddos?