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Rose, a VC volunteer, is piloting a new interpretive science project for our visitors - Science a la Carte. Informal, hands-on presentations are made from a cart rolled out for visitors and then put away when it is not in use. The first topic for Science a la Carte is sea otters. Our volunteer docents discuss otters and kelp forest health, the current state of otters in Oregon, and compare sea and river otter characteristics.
We are delighted to announce that our resident Giant Pacific Octopus is back in the main tank of the Visitor Center. She’s a curious and inquisitive gal, and we hope you can visit us and see what she’s up to.
Why did the octopus cross the reef? To get to the other tide!
Moonglow anemones live in intertidal and shallow subtidal zones throughout the Pacific Northwest. They are often found partially or fully buried in the sand with their body column stretched down into the sand to find a solid place to attach themselves. They can also be found in holes in rocks carved out by boring clams or urchins. Unlike their more common cousins green anemones, moonglows are often found singly or in small groups.
While they look delicate, any animal that lives in the intertidal zone has to be hardy to survive in the ever-changing conditions. You can see these incredible animals in their natural habitat at local beaches like Seal Rock State Park, and in the Visitor Center, currently residing with the Northern Kelp Crab in the Crustacean exhibit!
This text is based on an article by Emily Bjornsgard for our March volunteer newsletter (pdf).