Podalonia sp. Wasp (Sphecidae), New Chicago Marsh, Santa Clara County, California - August 1, 2009.
Thanks to E. Eaton for correcting my initial misguided ID and providing a genus for this wasp.
Saltmarsh Caterpillar (Arctiidae: Estigmene acrea), New Chicago Marsh, Alviso, Santa Clara County, California - May 2009. About 4 cm in length.
Skin Beetle (Dermestidae, Dermestes sp., possibly D. frischi), one of many found under a bird carcass, New Chicago Marsh, Santa Clara County, California - August 1, 2009. I was able to ID this one to genus, but v belov from Bug Guide suggested the probable species ID.
Brown Smoothound shark Mustelus henlei observed stranded in a shallow tidal pool in south bay near Foster city. Located south of San Mateo bridge, near region where Bat rays have washed up and a county sign posting water unsafe.
Reported to us by Pelagic Shark Research Foundation.
Big, bright white birds with black wingtips, not that it shows in the photo.
It looks like it's dead in the 3rd picture but it's not.