Fullerton College Students Surprised by Octopus

tidepoolIt’s not every day that you see two arms reaching out towards you from beneath the seaweed. But there they were. Two unmistakable, slithering, suction-cup covered tentacles. And several Fullerton College students were on hand to witness the octopus, a rare sighting.

“At first, I thought it was a snake or something. But then, I thought, oh my gosh, that’s an octopus,” exclaimed Brandon Carson, a second-year student, who first saw the creature.

The students were part of an Engage in STEM field trip to Crystal Cove State Park on the President’s Day holiday. The program, Encouraging New Graduates and Gaining Expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is a collaboration between Santa Ana College, Fullerton College, and CSU Fullerton, and aims to increase student interest in STEM disciplines, and help students to be more successful in STEM majors.

“There’s no better place to spark an interest in science than the tide pools,” explained Fullerton College oceanography professor, Sean Chamberlin, who led the field trip. “It’s very satisfying to watch students’ excitement grow as they begin to recognize that these shallow pools of water are bursting with life.”

In addition to the octopus, students observed different kinds of sea stars, sea urchins, sea snails, and tidepool fishes. They even saw several California sea hares, a purple sea slug with appendages on its head that resemble the ears of a rabbit.

“I can’t wait for the next trip,” said one student, and several others agreed.

There are more field trips planned for the spring semester, including a whalewatching trip and a grunion run. Contact Professor Chamberlin, schamberlin@fullcoll.edu or our events page, for more details.

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