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JAN 2017

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W W W . T R A V E L S O U T H U S A . C O M 69 T YBEE BEACH ECOL OGY TRIPS Tybee Island, Georgia As a marine science profes- sor at Savannah State University, Joe Richardson frequently took his classes out to Tybee Island for educational excursions. Af- ter he retired in 2007, many local schoolteachers and community leaders asked him to continue the trips. Next thing he knew, he was taking groups out to the beach nearly every day, "and I'm still having a great time," he said. The trips take place at the north end of Tybee Island by a lighthouse. Each one is scheduled around low tide, which is the best time to comb the beach for shells and other wildlife. Richardson provides buckets, shovels and dip-nets, as well as large plastic Cour tesy Tybee Beach Ecology Tours TYBEE BEACH ECOLOGY TOURS pans to fi ll with seawater for tem- porarily housing the live animals people fi nd. Along a nearby rock jetty, people can fi nd many small tidal pools with creatures buried in the wet sand. Throughout the trip, Rich- ardson discusses the characteris- tics of each animal with the group and answers any questions. Many people are interested to hear about how animals have adapted to their environment through specifi c colors and body shapes. To make it even more exciting, people can experience the animal behavior fi rsthand, using the wa- ter-fi lled pans as makeshift touch tanks. When asked about the most surprising thing he has seen, Richardson described one in- stance where a young boy asked him to help pull something out

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