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