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Shore Scene: Starring in the Tidepools

Shore Scene: Starring in the Tidepools

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Due to its bright coloring and star shape, the ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) is one of the most beloved animals regularly seen along the Laguna coast. They live in ocean water of up to 300 feet deep but because they are tolerant of air exposure, they are […]

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Shore Scene: Spotting a Winged Carnivore

Shore Scene: Spotting a Winged Carnivore

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Laguna Beach supports a large number of resident bird species and one of the more distinctive species sighted is the Brandt’s cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus).  Found only in North America, Brandt’s cormorants are marine birds that are mostly permanent residents of the Pacific coast and congregate in colonies on […]

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Shore Scene: Siting a Silvery Legend

Shore Scene: Siting a Silvery Legend

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Midnight grunion runs are part of California lore. Having a geographic range from the coastal waters of northern Baja California to most recently San Francisco, the California grunion (Leuresthes tenuis) are found most commonly off the coast of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The name is […]

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Shore Scene: Burrowing Bug of the Beach

Shore Scene: Burrowing Bug of the Beach

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler Colored a light sandy gray with an oval shaped body, Pacific mole crabs (Emerita analoga) also called Pacific sand crabs are found in great abundance in Laguna Beach.  They are located in the exposed surf zone between the lowest and highest reach of the waves, buried in the shifting […]

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Shore Scene: Observing Opaleye

Shore Scene: Observing Opaleye

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler Since January 2012, fishing in much of Laguna Beach is prohibited by law.  Prior to that, one fish popular with anglers was the opaleye (Girella nigricans).  The fish has dark olive-green backs and light undersides.  Opaleye can be easily distinguished from other fish because they usually have two white […]

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Shore Scene: Visitors Fuel Up on Stop Over

Shore Scene: Visitors Fuel Up on Stop Over

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Designated a bird sanctuary by a 1978 ordinance, Laguna Beach is a refuge for a wide variety of migratory species that travel along the Pacific Flyway, the route taken from the breeding grounds in the far north to the wintering grounds in the more temperate south. The Sanderling […]

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Shore Scene: Hiding in a Turban-Top Home

Shore Scene: Hiding in a Turban-Top Home

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler Numerous sea shells, naturally deposited by the tides, can be found along the shore of Laguna Beach. Shells are the hard protective coverings formed by many marine invertebrates, animals lacking a backbone.  Though shells may be familiar, the animals that create them frequently are not. One of the most […]

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Sea Lion Fun With LOCA

Sea Lion Fun With LOCA

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is now taking registrations for a beginner-level clay-sculpting class. The workshop takes place at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9-10:30 a.m. The activity includes a docent tour of the center, and a close up view of live sea lions. Following the tour, participants will create […]

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Tested by a Force of Nature

Tested by a Force of Nature

Editor, This past week has been extremely challenging and has tested our very souls. The mud and floodwaters took our studios, art work and everything we had worked so hard to accomplish. We would like to thank our friends and family who have arrived at our property with a shovel in their hand: Bob Bonn, […]