Out for the first time this year, a crew of Seattle’s beach naturalists today were out wading through tide pools of eel grass at Golden Gardens, educating a group of kids about snail egg cases, crabs, and barnacles.
Naturalists Cari Garand and David Hagert
Garand, pointing out a moon snail egg case
Jesse McCoy has been a volunteer beach naturalist for three years. He says it’s nice way to get out of the office; he’s a pharmaceutical sales representative when he’s not exploring the beaches. He used to teach high school biology, and likes being able to educate people about all the cool things lurking around in the salty pools. “The coolest thing on the beach is a nudibranch,” says McCoy. That’s a sea slug, just like what you might find in your garden, only prettier, he says with a grin. “It’s the best thing to find.”
Naturalist Jesse McCoy and Garand
The beach naturalists will be at many Seattle beaches and parks for the next two months. To find out when they’ll be back, visit the Seattle Aquarium’s website.