Pacific Northwest Marine Life

This section is here to illustrated to help you observe and identify animals and plants in their natural surroundings without disturbing them, as this the best way to understand the relationships between organisms and their environments. Whenever possible, please capture with cameras, not nets!

Finger SPonge

Finger Sponge

Sponges:The Phylum Porifera (hole or pore bearers) comprises the sponges, fixed or sedentary animals are common in most marine habitats from the intertidal zone to waters deeper tab 2,300 ft (700m).To View more Click Here
Hydroids, Corals, Sea Anemones, Jellyfish, Comb JelliesTo view more Click Here

Giant Pacific Octopus

Giant Pacific Octopus

Nudibranchs, Chitons, OctopusThe phylum Mollusca (Soft bodied) comprise more then 50,00 living species worldwide, and 35,000 fossil species described.To View more Click Here

Basket Star

Basket Star

Sea Stars, Brittle Stars, Sea Cucumbers, Sea Urchins, Feather StarsThe phylum Echinodermata comprises 6,000 living marine species of sea stars, brittle stars, sea cucmbers, sea urchins, sand dollars, and feather stars.  Approximately 180 species of echinoderms live in the Pacific Northwest Region.To view more Click Here

Red Irish Lord

Red Irish Lord

FishesAre animals with backbones (vertebrates) members of the phylum Chordata. More than 325 species of fishes live in the Pacific NorthwestTo view more Click Here

Alaskan Hermit Crab

This class contains the largest group of crustaceans, the order Decapoda (sub order Pleocyemata, includes the various shrimp and crabs), the order Isopoda (isopods) and the order Amphioda (amphipods).To view more Click Here

White Crown Calareous Tube Worm

White Crown Calareous Tube Worm

Worms
Segmented Worms, Ribbon Worms, FlatwormsTo View More Click Here

Pacific Sea Peach, Taken Coopers Green

Pacific Sea Peach, Taken Coopers Green

Sea Squirts, Ascidians (Tunucates)
The tunicates, are colourful jelly-like animals that often carpet the sea floor and floating structures.  The encrusting forms are sometimes confused with sponges or bryozoans.To view more Click Here.

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