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Wild Oakland: Oakland's marine biology

  • Jack London Harbor 2 Broadway Oakland, CA, 94607 United States (map)
Elysia hedgpethi , Photo: Ken-ichi Ueda

Elysia hedgpethi, Photo: Ken-ichi Ueda

Did you know every floating dock is an upside-down coral reef? Well, not with actual coral, but they areteeming with marine life! Sponges, tunicates, worms, crabs, and even sea spiders and nudibranchs that often live deep underwater often live on the bottom of docks, where they can find the hard substrate and constant inundation they need to survive. Join us on Saturday 9/12 as we see what kind of weird squishy sea life we can find living under the public dock at Jack London Square.

You can get a preview of what we might see by reading this blog from our dock walk in July, 2014.

We’ll meet at the big mast outside Scott’s Restaurant at the end of Broadway. It’s totally walkable from 12th St and Lake Merritt BART stations, or the ferry!

What to bring:

  • clothes you can get dirty (we’ll be on our bellies and there’s plenty of bird poo)
  • camera
  • hand lens or magnifying lens
  • clear or white dish for examining specimens
  • sun screen if you need it (there’s no shade)
  • drinking water

FREE! $5-10 suggested donation. 
Please RSVP to (not required, but encouraged!)

See you at the dock!