Location: Natural History Exhibit Portico
Start Date: 5-27-2017
End Date: 5-27-2017
Saturday | May 27 | 11 am-1pm
Meet at Natural History Exhibit
FREE for PTMSC members, $5 for non-members (includes entrance to PTMSC exhibits)
Explore the hidden treasures of local tidepools on a guided low tide walk this Saturday with experts from the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.
The tidal zones of the Pacific Northwest are always teeming with marine life and activity. With over twenty different hermit crab species found locally, the various sizes, colors, and shapes make every hermit crab an exciting discovery.
Participants might find invertebrates, a rainbow of seaweeds, Ochre Stars, Whelks, Sea lemons, Gunnels, Blood Stars, Gumboot Chiton, Sunflower Stars, Clingfish, Vancouver Feather-duster, Shrimp, Painted Anemone, Tidepool Sculpins, Mossy Chitons, Giant Barnacles, Limpets, and at least three types of edible seaweeds…just to name a few. On a low tide walk last year, participants found two giant pacific octopuses!
If you’ve never explored Kinzie Beach at low tide, this event is not to be missed!
Wear closed-toe shoes you'll be comfortable walking about a half-mile each way in on a gravel beach and dress for the weather. It should be a lot of fun! Afterwards, head back to the Science Center where you can test out your new identification skills in our touch tanks!