Faylla is a docent with State Parks, working out of the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. She has been with the docent program since 2008 and is the Docent Education Chair, training new docents) and the Adventures with Nature Chair (making sure you get that calendar each month).
Faylla is a marine biologist with a specialty in marine algae, both field identifications and laboratory research on algal products such as carrageenan and agar. She worked at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford. University in Pacific Grove and at the same time consulted with PG&E on the Thermal Effects program at Diablo for over 25 years. Then she became a science and agriculture teacher at Morro Bay High School for 20 years before retiring to become a docent. She is interested in all things marine-both plant and animal-and is currently working on a study of Pismo clam shell colorations and ages.
Palm trees in the ocean? Surely you jest! Nope-just a different type of palm-a seaweed one. Postelsia palmaeformis, the sea palm, is a dead ringer for a land-type palm tree. It lives in the... read more →
Sandcastles? Worms? These go together? Well, sandcastles are not just for kids. The sandcastle worm, Phragmatopoma californica lives in massive sand formations on rocks in the mid intertidal area. You... read more →
Photo courtesy of Marlin Harms You may have been seeing these crystal-like, tubular, squishy things on the beach lately and wondering what they are. They are Pyrosoma atlanticum, a pelagic... read more →
This creature is an animal called Distaplia smithii, or the paddle ascidian. Of all the invertebrates, the ascidians are our closest relatives, having a tubular nerve cord with a swollen... read more →