Two colors of Tonicella lineata (Lined Chiton) in one photo!
Here's the first Stylantheca spp. (Encrusting Hydrocoral) I've ever seen. Its bright pink color was quite unusual at the minus tide, and I noticed it in two locations.
This Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purple Sea Urchin) is underwater, so its tube feet are visible. I saw dozens of Purple Sea Urchins, some living in holes they had drilled into rocks.
Here's the only Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (Green Sea Urchin) I saw at Tonge Point, where there were dozens of Purple Sea Urchins. This one was particularly beautiful, with its 5 stripes quite visible.
This 1" Scyra acutifrons (Sharpnose Crab) had a beautiful assortment of algae on its carapace.
We noticed dozens of Rostanga pulchra (Red Sponge Nudibranch), and not on the red encrusting sponge, as they usually are.
Pollicipes polymerus (Goose-neck Barnacles) are abundant at Tongue Point, and we don't have them where I live, so I'm happy to see them. They like the rougher waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
This appears to be an Oligocottus snyderi (Fluffy Sculpin). At first I thought it was another Tidepool Sculpin, but its fins looked different.
The Laminaria setchellii (Split Kelp) is abundant around Tongue Point.
I'd never seen a Katharina tunicata (Black Leather aka Katy Chiton) upside down before!
This photo shows three 1/2" animals, possibly isopods. One is striped red and black, one black and white, and the smallest is mostly black. Most were black or slightly striped. Their bodies were curved, not flat like the Rockweed Isopod. There were dozens in a shallow tide pool that was exposed to the sun for a long time, so the water was warm. They darted about, some feeding on a dead cockle, never staying still for long.
Here are Halosaccion glandiforme (Sea Sacs aka Sacks), quite common at Tongue Point.
It looks like this Epiactis prolifera (Proliferating Anemone) has babies of two sizes hanging on.
These Diodora aspera (Rough Keyhole Limpets) were in a typical pose-- falling off the rocks. These limpets are abundant at Tongue Point, and we noticed a couple of weeks ago that many were not gripping in their usual way at low tide.
This Corallina officinalis var. chilensis (Pink Feather Coralline) was abundant during the minus tide.
This 4" Arctonoe vittata (Red-banded commensal scaleworm) was not living on a host, but there were many Rough Keyhole Limpets nearby. It's the first one I've ever seen.
It's always exciting to find dozens of Anthopleura xanthogrammica (Green Surf Anemone) at Tongue Point.
I always find some Urticina coriacea (Stubby Rose Anemone) at Salt Creek. This one had eaten a Green Shore Crab, which it then regurgitated, and the crab, covered in slime, survived!
I was very excited to find a 2" Tidepool Snailfish (Liparis florae). It was bright yellow, quite different from the only other snailfish I've ever seen, the Marbled Snailfish.
I saw several Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purple Sea Urchins) today, but no Red Sea Urchins. This was a bit over 2" across, hiding under masses of seaweed and kelp.
In June we can find Soranthera ulvoidea (Studded Sea Balloons), one of the amazing seaweeds of the Pacific Northwest.
Here's a Pugettia producta (Northern Kelp Crab), a juvenile, just 2" across, perfectly camouflaged in the kelp.
This is the second time I've found Plumularia setacea (Glassy Plume Hydroid). This time it was dried and attached to a piece of seaweed/kelp. I paced it in the seawater for a photo.
I think this may be a Pholis ornata (Saddleback Gunnel)? (aka Saddled Blenny??) About 4" long and in a tide pool.