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5 Marine Species to Find in Cape Scott Park & North Coast Trail
If you are planning on hiking the North Coast Trail, you are probably a keen beachcomber. The 43-kilometer route hugs the northern coast of Vancouver Island, connecting Shushartie Bay to Nissen Bight. Over half of the trek is along the shoreline where you can be sure to see rocky headlands, lively tide pools, incredible sea stacks and Caribbean-esque white sand beaches with turquoise waters. These coastline features are also home to hundreds of thousands of animals and plants waiting to be discovered along the trail. Here are a few common species of marine life to look for during your trip. Jellyfish You are more likely to see a stranded Moon Jelly on the shore than floating in the water, unless you plan on snorkeling. Snorkeling is world-class in the area, and is worth another visit to the park as hauling around the gear can be a handful on the NCT. It is common to see the washed up transparent body of this species at low tide. They can be found anywhere along the expansive beaches of the park. Some grow to be quite large, although most we see have a diameter of around 10 centimeters. The Moon Jelly’s squishy, clear...