Tens of thousands washed up on the beach overnight.
Vertical stem growing in damp soil. Similar to Horsetail but not sure if it is the same.
20 - 30' evergreen tree with spreading branches all the way to the bottom. Needles grow opposing and flat from stem.
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.
Eating a Something. Better not be a nudibranch. ;-)
See second photo for branded (presumably elderly) female V525.
About 8" long.
Free-swimming, about 3/4" across. Second photo shows underside.
Very tiny one, about 1-2 mm. On kelp. Opaque white encrustations on body, rhinophores and inflated/proportionally large cerata.
Big, about 2" long. Photo does not do it justice.
About 2.5" long.
About 2mm, on giant kelp.
About 1" long.
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.
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.
A mother carrying a pup out on the bay by the aquarium!