I'm chanting 12A but you won't know what that means until you do the puzzle!
Thank you to Evan for helping me with so many puzzles, Norah for doing NaCroWriMo last year and being so encouraging this year, and all of you for solving these!
Happy Saturday to all who celebrate! We started this puzzle with 10a and 8d as seeds since we saw both of those animals today (at the beach). Thank you again Evan for helping me construct this puzzle and doing most of the cluing! I love you even when I edit your clues.