Beachcomber's Guide to California Marine Life
This delightful guide divides the entire coast of California into specific marine habitats--sandy beaches, estuaries, bays, lagoons, and rocky intertidal zones. It then examines the unique features of each habitat, and identifies and describes the most common, conspicuous organisms that you are likely to find.
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Keys to Successful Beachcombing
Bays Estuaries and Lagoons
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