This easy-to-read guide describes the unusual creatures and remarkable features that abound along the beaches of the magnificent Pacific Northwest coast. It's packed with color and black/white photos, beautiful, detailed illustrations, and fascinating facts that are sure to enlighten and entertain. This guide divides the coast into specific marine habitats - sandy beaches, estuaries, bays, lagoons, and rocky intertidal zones. It then examines the unique aspects of each habitat and identifies and describes the most common, conspicuous organisms that you're likely to encounter. Seaweeds, crabs, snails, worms, starfish, mussels, barnacles - or for you scientific types, cnidarians, crustaceans, polychaetes, and gastropods - are just a few of the many types of fauna and flora covered in this guide. In addition, the book presents helpful tips on improving your beachcombing skills by knowing where and when to look for these wonderful critters. There's also information on the marine mammals and Pacific salmon that live along the Pacific Northwest coast.
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