Thousands of people turned out at Main Beach on Saturday to celebrate a precious ocean plant that has made a resurgence in the waters off Laguna Beach.
The fifth annual Kelp Fest drew, among others, a good number of Girl Scouts, who toured tidepools during what event founder and marine biologist Nancy Caruso called a bright, clear day with a little breeze.
"As the lifeguards told me, this cove always escapes the wind," Caruso said.
About 2,600 people showed up from a variety of places, Chelsea Brigham, a Cal State Fullerton senior wrote in an email. Brigham and a few of her classmates were in charge of public relations.
Students used clickers to get a more accurate attendance count than in past years, Brigham said.
Guests came from Santa Ana, Fullerton, Orange, Glendora and Los Angeles as well as from Texas, Oregon and even Sweden, Brigham said.
"They walked around quite a bit with a look of amazement," Caruso said of the visitors.