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8 places to see exotic marine animals on dry land

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 29, 2014, 4:39 p.m.
Kangaroo Island sea pup

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Spotting sea creatures

Some of the most exotic creatures on Earth live on or under the surface of the ocean. The problem for us humans is that it’s nearly impossible to see the most interesting marine animals up close. Sure, there is scuba, but in reality, that’s a commitment of training, time and money that makes this an impractical option for most.

There are some places, however, where casual wildlife watchers can see marine animals without even getting wet, where sea creatures step out of their watery world and into ours (and they are a lot more accessible than the Galapagos Islands). Here are eight places where you can encounter amazing marine creatures on land. (Text: Josh Lew)