The more time you spend in one area examining just one rock or tide pool, the more there is that reveals itself. For anyone with an ounce of curiosity, this type of deep observation becomes immediately addictive. This is how I became an "inadvertent naturalist."
The best part of diving at the Oregon Coast Aquarium is that I'm in close contact with marine life. As I continue to explore this underwater otherworld, I am continually struck by the personalities of the life I see, and by the sheer joy of this life being aware that I'm seeing it.
If you’ve ever seen a Pipefish, chances are you initially thought it was a stray frond of seaweed, wafting in the swash. Pipefish look uncannily like the eelgrass they are often found in. Look close and you’ll see how much they resemble seahorses.