Tim Rudnick of Venice is akin to a modern day version of 'Doc', of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Rudnick's Venice Oceanarium at the Venice Pier is a makeshift presentation on a portable table with over 25 years worth of collected specimens. There you will find jars of foggy water and gelatinous, bony, sometimes geometric shapes that seem to come alive as he describes them. He indulges those who cross his path about sand, miafauna, and ocean life. His knowledge of marine biology is extensive and only continues to increase as Rudnick digs through breakwater in search of new organisms to study and provide demonstration. By living just a few blocks away from the beach, Rudnick can explore the ocean's edge as if it were a laboratory set up in his backyard.