SEATTLE - Children giggle and jump away from the large crab that scurried out from under a rock at Seattle's Alki Beach. It's high times at low tide and it's the perfect holiday outing for the Kim family.
"We thought we would just come out and explore," said Stephen Kim, as his wife and daughters examined a tide pool packed with sea life.
The Kims also knew that the Seattle Aquarium had its volunteer naturalists combing the beaches to help people learn what they are looking at and how to look at it without harming it.
The combination of a Monday holiday, a low tide, and fairly dry weather made it a fine day for a beach trip.
The events unfolding in the Gulf Coast are also adding to the interest.
Visitors we spoke to say, by learning how sensitive our beaches are, they can better understand the pain being felt by people who explore the beaches in the Gulf states.
"Disaster like that can just really wipe out a whole ecosystem so yeah it's pretty sobering to think about," said Stephen Kim.