January 13, 2007

Sunset Beach & Microscope Photos

Copyright 2007 Jo O'Keefe All Rights Reserved

This was a good day for finding knobbed whelks and pleasant people to whom to show them. At home afterwards I found a brittle star in seaweed that was about 1/16 inch wide. When I added amphipods to the Petri dish, one became ensnarled with the brittle star. I promptly removed them.
First Knobbed Whelk
Second Knobbed Whelk emerging from sand (above) and close-up shots of barnacle-encrusted shell (bottom)
Second Knobbed Whelk partially extended and retracted into shell
A beachwalker, Dan, and I looked at a tiny knobbed whelk, a whelk egg case, and four large whelks
The creamy knobbed whelk and the orange knobbed whelk
Skate egg case
Sea foam floating by
Worm egg casing or tube
Horseshoe crab exoskeleton. By now they have been eaten away and destroyed by the surf
A brittle star that I found in seaweed after returning home, about 1/16th of an inch wide
Amphipod -- moving
Brittle star and amphipod -- both moving
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