Marine biologist Nancy Caruso and 11 students from Garden Grove’s Pacifica High School took a kelp safari aboard La Vida Laguna kayaks offshore Laguna Beach last Saturday.
The students are juniors and seniors in an AP environmental science class, and will be involved in the coming year cultivating abalone for Caruso, who hopes to re-populate local waters with the endangered mollusk.
For many students, this was their first experience in kelp forest ecology. They got to swim and snorkel in the kelp beds while Caruso and their teacher explained the kelp forest eco-system.
This is the first of what is expected to be an ongoing partnership between Caruso’s Get Inspired non-profit and La Vida Laguna, said owner Billy Fried.