Marine Animal Identification reveals a wealth of creatures

Cucumbers in the sea? Green shrimp with hunchbacks? The myriad of animals in a washtub of seawater from Fisherman’s Bay is astounding. Russel Barsh of Kwiaht, the island’s scientific-based organization, amazed and informed kids and adults alike at the Lopez Island Library event sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Library.

Pale Sea Cucumber: note the feathery tentacles filtering the water for food.

Five tweens/teens and 9 adults ogled sea cucumbers, sponges, isopods, mussels, limpets, clam worms, shiner perch, skeleton shrimp, and more. Russel named and explained, gifting participants with fascinating facts, anecdotes, and his depth of knowledge. He answered every question with enthusiasm, scientific language, and most of all, his infectious joy in the marine world. For more information on our watery neighbors, please contact Kwiaht or visit their website at www.kwiaht.org You can even sign up to be a citizen scientist!

Russel shows kids and eelgrass isopod on a piece of sponge.

Russel shows kids and eelgrass isopod on a piece of sponge.

Eelgrass Isopod

Close-up of Eelgrass Isopod on sponge.