SHELLY CAT BY THE SEA:  ADVENTURES AT THE BEACH is a children’s book I’ve written & illustrated.   Here is an excerpt from the book about the day they discovered sea weeds!

Sometimes the high tides wash up all kinds of seaweeds onto the beach.  Marv had read a wonderful book on seaweeds of the Pacific Coast & knew lots about seaweeds. Marv thought it would be a fun game if they all could see what kinds of seaweeds they could each find. 

Shelly Cat found a long frond of feather boa seaweed.  It was quite damp, but Shelly Cat liked it very much as a scarf.  She draped it around her neck & did a little dance while humming. 

Louis found some bright yellow-green lettuce seaweed & immediately sat down to have a snack.  The seaweed lettuce had been freshly washed & salted by the sea.  Louis thought it was delicious while he munched on it.

Marv was very excited to find a purplish-red, seaweed blade that was covered with bumps.  He picked it up & ran to Shelly Cat & Louis to tell them all about Turkish Towel seaweed!    Who knew that you could find a Turkish Towel at the beach?  Since it was dripping with ocean water & wouldn’t dry anything, Shelly Cat & Louis just laughed & laughed.  Marv didn’t care because they all had another fun day at the beach exploring living their lives by-the-sea.

Seaweeds of the Pacific Coast by Jennifer Mondragon & Jeff Mondgragon

Turkish Towel – chondracanthus exasperutus

Sea Lettuce – Ulva spp. – Ulva is widely used for food.  It can be dried, toasted or eaten fresh in salads, soups & other dishes.

Feather Boa Kelp – egregia menziesil

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