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Outdoor, Science/Marine Life

Purple Sea Urchins

The good, the bad, and the ugly about purple sea urchins. STORY & PHOTOS BY JOANNE CARROLL-HUEMOELLER Would the term consequential describe a day in the life of a simple purple sea urchin? Probably not. This prickly invertebrate is nothing more than a round test (hard shell) covered with spines, […]

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The Long Haul

STORY BY JENNIFER GERVAIS Gray whales travel twice a year between their summer feeding grounds in Alaska and the warm lagoons of the Baja Peninsula, passing close to the Oregon coast along the way. They pass in large numbers during the darkest days of December, prompting crowds to brave the […]

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They’re Cute—But Not Abandoned

It’s that time of year again: Seal pups are appearing on beaches along the Oregon coast. Though they may appear to be abandoned, most of the time they are just resting and waiting for mom. Beachgoers are asked to stifle their desire to assist these animals in some way, and […]