Cool Critters

Cool Critters: Cascades Frog

April 18, 2021

Welcome to our Cool Critters series, where Marine Ecologist Jeff Adams shares the unique features of his favorite marine animals native to the Pacific Northwest. Today’s Cool Critter is the Cascades Frog

The Cascades Frog (Rana cascadae) is one of the five native frogs of the Salish Sea. The Cascades frog generally lives above 2,000 feet up in the Cascade Range and Olympic Mountains, sporting yellow underpants and eyes directed more ...

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Cool Critters: Purple Shore Crab

April 17, 2021

Welcome to our Cool Critters series, where Marine Ecologist Jeff Adams shares the unique features of his favorite marine animals native to the Pacific Northwest. Today’s Cool Critter is the Purple Shore Crab!

 

The Purple Shore Crab (Hemigrapsus nudus) is a small (<2″), hairless crab common among larger rocks. When you pick up beach rocks, these crabs can often be seen scuttling quickly away. They prefer to be high on the ...

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Cool Critters: Heermann’s Gull

April 17, 2021

Welcome to our Cool Critters series, where Marine Ecologist Jeff Adams shares the unique features of his favorite marine animals native to the Pacific Northwest. Today’s Cool Critter is the Heerrmann Gull!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heermann’s Gulls (Larus heermanni) are named after early frontier naturalist Adolphus Heermann. They are probably the easiest gull to identify in North America due to their deep ...

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Cool Critters

April 15, 2021

Welcome to our new Cool Critters Series, where Marine Ecologist Jeff Adams shares the unique features of his favorite marine animals native to the Pacific Northwest! Follow along each week to learn about a new Cool Critter! Information will be shared about the species, such as where they live, what they eat, and identifying characteristics!

Dungeness crab at Pysht. Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin. Read More

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