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SHELLY CAT BY THE SEA: ADVENTURES AT THE BEACH – DISCOVERING SEA WEEDS!

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

A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells

A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells was inspired by walking on the beach and picking up shells, researching their names & discovering wondrous things about them. In San Diego it used to be that there were literally millions of tiny shells on Shell Beach in La Jolla. Over the course of 40 years all of those sea shells are completely gone due to everyone picking up the shells and taking them home. Please remember TAKE NOTHING, LEAVE NOTHING so future generations will be able to experience nature the way we once did. Thanks much.

BOOK SIGNING EVENT AT THE OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART

OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART – BOOK SIGNING EVENT
for “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” & “Shelly Cat By the Sea: Adventures at the Beach” !
WHEN: Thursday, August 24, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Oceanside Museum of Art – 704 Pier View Way
WHAT: Pop-up Art Mart on the Terrace By-the-Sea – Join me on the terrace at OMA as the Museum Store collaborates with Art n Soul on 101 to present unique items by local artists inspired by the beach and the ocean. This event coincides with the Sunset Market down the street, making for a great night out in Oceanside! http://oma-online.org/