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Tybee Beach Ecology Trips

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Conducted by a marine biologist, Dr. Joe Richardson, Tybee Beach Ecology trips are scheduled and arranged based on group size. Great for families and groups of all ages. Trips offered from sunrise to sunset and are scheduled around low tide, so times vary day to day. Reservations are required so please call or email Dr. Joe.

A typical beach ecology trip consists of a variety of topics and activities including:

  • Beachcombing for animals; identifying them, talking about how they live, who eats who, their adaptations
  • Looking for fossils, including fossilized shark teeth
  • Examining tide pools along the rock jetty; discussing the intertidal zone and adaptations for living in this dynamic habitat
  • Collecting live specimens for our "field aquarium" 
  • Identifying and discussing new marine invasive species  
  • Pulling a 50 ft. beach seine net, examining fish and other animals caught, discussing their adaptations
  • Discussing tides; examining sand layers, looking for dolphins, discussing current research and issues 

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Tybee Island beach is a great location for finding and studying a wide variety of marine life typical of the southeastern US coastline. With its wide sandy beach front, proximity to inlets, rock jetties with tide pools, large intertidal zone, and low wave energy, Tybee provides a location and setting that allows much to be seen and done during a beach visit. Many visitors, students, and educators are surprised to learn that there is so much to see and find on Tybee. The secret is knowing where and how to look, how to find, and then learning what it is that you are finding.  With more than 30 years of experience, "Dr. Joe" has a passion for teaching folks of all ages (kindergarten through adults) about the animals and ecology of coastal Georgia and its habitats. As a professor of Marine Science, he taught courses in marine biology, invertebrate zoology, marine chemistry, oceanography, botany and other coastal ecology subjects. For many years he has conducted field studies at the beach for school classes, teachers, and other groups.