What's that purple stuff you and the kids always see at the edge of the water when you go to the beach? Is it okay to touch those gooey little creatures you always find in tidepools? And where's the best place along the coast to see bat stars? This book can tell you. More than 270 of the most common animals and plants to be seen along the saltwater shores of the Pacific Northwest are described here. Illustrating each entry is a full-colour photo of the species in its natural habitat, so that even the novice can identify it confidently without disturbing it. There are special sections on great Pacific Northwest viewing sites for intertidal life, ways to understand tides and choose the best times to look for beach wildlife, intertidal habitats ranging from sandy beaches to aging wharves to rocky, wave-swept shores, and ecologically friendly observation methods. Packed with expert information but wonderfully accessible to any interested layperson, this book is perfect for a family or a school group, a Saturday beachwalker or a naturalists' club.
Features: Paperback. 1999. 223 pp. Many color photographs, best beachcombing sites, and index. 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in.