November 2, 2006

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I found these today on Sunset Beach. After I arranged them on the sand for a group photo, I discovered that my camera battery was dead. I brought them home to photograph them on the kitchen counter with a different camera. That was a productive experience. I saw the cucumbers expand, contract and change shape. I saw them settle down together and even rest upon one another -- but never stop moving. Twice one cockle lunged so far out of its shell that I jumped backward, startled. The minnows (?) are difficult to see. I couldn't see them at all when I photographed them. I simply knew they were there and took photos. They swim ahead of me at the edge of the water similar to the way hyperactive sanderlings rush forward, ceaselessly pecking.
Immature Giant Atlantic Cockle
Another Immature Giant Atlantic Cockle
Immature Giant Atlantic Cockles
Something pretty from a tide pool
Sea Star
Sea Cucumber that spilled its gut
Sea Cucumbers
Horseshoe Crab Exoskeletons or Molts
Dried Exoskeleton from Tuesday
Channeled Whelk
Minnows (?)