Walking along a beach lets you get close to wildlife, much like sharing a strawberry with an elk. Share the great outdoors with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $25 for a beach ecology tour for two (a $50 value)
- $49 for a beach ecology tour for four (a $100 value)
- $69 for a beach ecology tour for six (a $150 value)
During two-hour beach ecology tours, Dr. Joe Richardson guides roughly 20 people at a time along the coast of Tybee Island. Groups comb the beach for animals, collect live specimens, search for fossils, and discuss tides and biological adaptations. Although tours take place every day, their times vary based on the tide.
Tybee Beach Ecology Trips
With more than three decades as a marine biologist tucked under his waders, Dr. Joe Richardson has studied beaches from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas, but he still never ceases to marvel at the diversity of Tybee Island’s shores. The widely published professor emeritus of marine sciences at Savannah State University delights in sharing his knowledge about these lively shores, and to that end hosts walking tours for groups of all ages that incorporate conversation and hands-on activities. As his followers comb their fingers and toes through the sand of the beaches and inlets, they search for fossilized shark teeth and animals that Dr. Joe helps identify. He also discusses the tides, sand layers, local marine life, and which creatures eat with salad forks or soup spoons. Along the rock jetty, groups splash into tide pools to learn about the intertidal zone and the ways animals adapt to this habitat, then help Dr. Joe collect live specimens for a field aquarium by pulling in a 50-foot beach seine net and examining the fish and crabs caught in its weave. Lucky guests can glimpse the sleek fins of dolphins, and curious ones can ask Dr. Joe about his research projects, current ecological concerns, and how mermaids keep their fingers from getting pruny.
My family spent the morning catching, digging and learning about the beach and creatures that call it home. It was a fantastic experience, a must doMike M., 8/9/12
Allowing him to show us the beach was such a unique, enjoyable (and affordable!) way to spend an afternoon on Tybee!BlueMeanyChicago, 9/17/12