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By-the-wind-sailor Velella velella

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sullivanribbit

Date

March 31, 2015 08:18 AM PDT

Description

Tens of thousands washed up on the beach overnight.

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nob-z

Date

the past

Description

Vertical stem growing in damp soil. Similar to Horsetail but not sure if it is the same.

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nob-z

Date

the past

Description

20 - 30' evergreen tree with spreading branches all the way to the bottom. Needles grow opposing and flat from stem.

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Common Murre Uria aalge

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 09:48 AM PDT

Description

No dad murre in sight. Hope he does OK on his own. I've seen several of these dead on the beaches recently, both adults and half-grown ones like this one. Presumably closer to shore than usual due to warm water/lack of food.

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Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 09:47 AM PDT

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Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 09:43 AM PDT

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Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 09:45 AM PDT

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Surfbird Calidris virgata

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 09:53 AM PDT

Description

Eating a Something. Better not be a nudibranch. ;-)

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Californian Sea Lion Zalophus californianus

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 09:59 AM PDT

Description

See second photo for branded (presumably elderly) female V525.

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Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 10:20 AM PDT

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California Seahare Aplysia californica

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 12:43 PM PDT

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Bay Pipefish Syngnathus leptorhynchus

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 12:39 PM PDT

Description

About 8" long.

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 12:44 PM PDT

Description

Free-swimming, about 3/4" across. Second photo shows underside.

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 12:21 PM PDT

Description

Very tiny one, about 1-2 mm. On kelp. Opaque white encrustations on body, rhinophores and inflated/proportionally large cerata.

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Opalescent Nudibranch Hermissenda crassicornis

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 12:26 PM PDT

Description

Big, about 2" long. Photo does not do it justice.

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Spanish Shawl Flabellina iodinea

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 01:49 PM PDT

Description

About 2.5" long.

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 12:37 PM PDT

Description

About 2mm, on giant kelp.

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 01:03 PM PDT

Description

About 1" long.

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 29, 2015 01:25 PM PDT

Description

About 1.5" long. Thinking juvenile reddish-purple version, however, the rhinophores look kind of like D. venustus (which I have never seen in reddish purple!). Do the 'fronds' get fluffier and more branched as they mature? Finally, the 'dots' (parasite? virus? nudibranch?) - I've seen similar on D. venustus but I do not have enough experience with D. iris to know if all the species in this genus can have them.

See: http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/jyasaki/photogallery/slugpics/P6030079.jpg

This one was found on a floating dock very near the area where "herds" of large/adult D. iris are seen by scuba divers during the early summer months. A boat owner told me she'd seen five of the more visible white versions 'swim' past her boat a few days ago, each about 2-3" long. However, I also found a D. venustus in the same general area.

Thoughts?

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Acorn woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

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diannes

Date

March 29, 2015

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Spanish Shawl Flabellina iodinea

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marisa_a

Date

March 29, 2015 01:47 PM PDT

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California Sea Lion Zalophus californianus

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marisa_a

Date

March 29, 2015 01:43 PM PDT

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Rainbow Nudibranch Dendronotus iris

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marisa_a

Date

March 29, 2015 01:09 PM PDT

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Opalescent Nudibranch Hermissenda crassicornis

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marisa_a

Date

March 29, 2015 12:30 PM PDT

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Nudibranchs Order Nudibranchia

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marisa_a

Date

March 29, 2015 12:28 PM PDT

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Nudibranchs Order Nudibranchia

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marisa_a

Date

March 29, 2015 12:39 PM PDT

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marisa_a

Date

March 29, 2015 01:05 PM PDT

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Bay pipefish Syngnathus leptorhynchus

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marisa_a

Date

March 29, 2015 12:21 PM PDT

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Sea Otter Enhydra lutris

Observer

ehopson1

Date

March 28, 2015 03:23 PM PDT

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(Somewhere...)

Description

A mother carrying a pup out on the bay by the aquarium!

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Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Observer

bfgnature

Date

March 27, 2015 01:09 PM PDT

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