HSU Telonicher Marine Laboratory

North Coast & Redwoods

Near Edwards St, this marine lab has a self-guided tour that leads to a touch tank, several aquariums (look for the red octopus) and an enormous whale jaw. You can join a naturalist on tide-pooling expeditions (per person $3, minimum $20). Guided tours are by appointment; make reservations two weeks ahead.

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