Science/Marine Life

Science/Marine Life

When Sharks And Surfers Collide

Story by CHERYL D. WANNER Shark encounters are rare on the Oregon Coast, but they do happen. April 22, 1998, was a perfect day for John Forse of Lincoln City to try out his new surfboard. Arriving at Gleneden Beach and finding blue skies, offshore winds, and a good swell, […]

Science/Marine Life

Meet the Mole Crab

Whether met tumbling in the surf, bubbling from beneath the sand, or stranded by the receding tide, the lowly Pacific mole crab, or sand crab, deserves a second look. While not the most glamorous of our coastal wildlife sightings (some say creepy), this simple, ancient crustacean—the size of a big […]

photos by Joanne Carroll-Huemoeller
Science/Marine Life

The Primitive Origins of the Complex Sponges

Story and photos by Joanne Carroll-Huemoeller We have a surprisingly large number of sponges in our Pacific Northwest waters and they seem to thrive. Using the words primitive and complex in the same phrase, as in the title of this article, rings of an oxymoron. Sometimes, however, things are not […]