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wendy5

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June 12, 2014

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This sea star may be Dwarf Mottled Henricia. We found a few of these tiny sea stars, all bright orange and most somewhat mottled, all about 1" across. This was a bit smaller. They were found during a minus tide clinging to rocks, hidden in holes in rocks, and this one was attached to a California Mussel. We found six other species of sea stars in this area.

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Stubby Rose Anemone Urticina coriacea

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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This Urticina coriacea or Stubby Rose Anemone was gorgeous with its shades of pink in a tide pool during the minus tide this morning at Salt Creek. It was about 3" across. Later I found a few more on rocks above the water, and their bodies were covered in specks of rock and shell, typical for this species. I'd never seen them before.

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tidepool sculpin Oligocottus maculosus

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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Hundreds of Tidepool Sculpins were swimming and hiding in tide pools at Salt Creek today during the minus tide. Most are about 2" long, and this one was larger, about 4" long. Their colors are lovely shades of green, gray, beige, black, white, and they blend well with the intertidal zone.

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Purple Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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There were hundreds of Purple Sea Urchins visible in tide pools and in the intertidal zone during the minus tide today at Salt Creek. Most are about 2" across with bright purple spines. In my opinion, there were far more than last year or the year before, and I wondered if it has anything to do with Wasted Sea Star Syndrome decimating the predatory sea stars.

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Red Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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Amidst hundreds of Purple Sea Urchins and dozens of Green Sea Urchins were a few Strongylocentrotus franciscanus or Red Sea Urchins, the most dazzling of all the urchins. This one has the typical long brilliant red spines. The Red Sea Urchin is much larger than the others, up to about 4" across.

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Green Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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There were a few dozen Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis or Green Sea Urchins visible at the minus tide at Salt Creek today, as well as a few tests from departed urchins. They are typically about 2" across.

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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I was thrilled to find a Solaster dawsoni or Morning Sun Star today at Salt Creek during the minus tide. This had 13 arms, was about a foot across, and was lying atop a bed of California Mussels.

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Sunflower Sea Star Pycnopodia helianthoides

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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This beautiful Pycnopodia helianthoides or Sunflower Sea Star was the only one we found today, when we saw six species of sea stars at the minus tide at Salt Creek. This one appeared healthy (during this time of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome), about 12" across, on a bed of California Mussels.

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Goose Barnacle Pollicipes polymerus

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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The Gooseneck Barnacle (on this site Goose Barnacle) is a gorgeous barnacle, especially in groups on rocks. Thousands were visible during the minus tide at Salt Creek. They aren't found farther east in the Puget Sound, as they seem to like stronger wave action.

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Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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Good to see about 20 large and six or seven tiny Pisaster ochraceus or Ochre Sea Stars today during the minus tide at Salt Creek. They all (except for one) appeared healthy during this time of Wasted Sea Star Syndrome. The large ones, about 10-12" across, looked very pudgy and healthy. Most were a shade of purple, with two bright orange.

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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Could this be the pincer of a Pagurus samuelis or Blueband hermit crab? It was a live pincer but inside a hole in a rock, not inside a shell. We saw it moving. The pincer has beautiful bright blue untidy spots, and it was less than an inch long. We couldn't see the rest of the crab.

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wendy5

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June 12, 2014

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This Evasterias troschelii or Mottled Star was the only one we found today during the minus tide at Salt Creek. It was about 6" across. I wondered whether the white patch may have to do with Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, although the examples I've seen look different from this.

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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Lots of Mazzaella parksii on the rocks during the minus tide at Salt Creek. This seaweed is known as Yellow Seaweed, and it looks a bit like a small and scrubby Rockweed, about 1" tall.

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Six-rayed Star Leptasterias hexactis

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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It was fun to find a Leptasterias aequalis or Six-armed Star during the minus tide, when we found six species of sea stars at Salt Point. This beige star was about 4" across, and you can see it among Purple Sea Urchins in the photo.

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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This small chiton, almost an inch long, might be Lepidozona retiporosa or Little Lepidozona. It was attached to a rock in the intertidal zone at Salt Creek, visible during a minus tide. There were thousands of Black Leather Chitons, aka Katy Chitons on the rocks, and a few Mossy Chitons and Lined Chitons.

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wendy5

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June 12, 2014

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This Laminaria setchellii or Split Kelp was under water at the edges of the point when we walked out on the rocks during the minus tide. The stems are strong, adhering to rocks, and about a foot long, and the fronds can be a few feet long. I couldn't get close enough to examine them, but those I've seen on the beach are clearly deserving of the name "split kelp," as they are split down the middle.

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wendy5

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June 12, 2014

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Many rocks are covered in Hedophyllum sessile or Sea Cabbage that is visible during the minus tide in the intertidal zone at Salt Creek. It's a strong, tough seaweed with lots of holes and frills, a good name of Sea Cabbage!

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wendy5

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June 12, 2014

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Lots of Halosaccion glandiforme or Sea Sacs (Sea Sacks on this site) growing on the rocks in the intertidal zone at Salt Creek, visible during the minus tide. The sacs are about 1" to 2" long.

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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Here is a cute yellow nudibranch, Geitodoris heathi or Heath's Dorid. It was found near another of similar color and size, about 2" long, much smaller than the 3 to 4" Sea Lemons I find frequently in Port Townsend. It was in the intertidal zone atop a California Mussel.

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brooding anemone Epiactis prolifera

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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This is the first time I've seen a Epiactis prolifera or Brooding Anemone with babies on it! The mother anemone is only 1" across, and you can see over a dozen babies clinging to it.

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wendy5

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June 12, 2014

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Lots of Endocladia muricata or Sea Moss, aka Nail Brush Seaweed, or on this site Scoring-pad Alga. I guess this distinctive seaweed needs so many common names! It's about 1 to 1 1/2" tall growing on the rocks at the intertidal zone, and very rough and scrubby.

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rough keyhole limpet Diodora aspera

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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I noticed several Diodora aspera or Rough Keyhole Limpets, all about 2" long, 1" wide, and some covered with algae at the minus tide at Salt Creek.

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wendy5

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June 12, 2014

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This Corallina vancouveriensis or Graceful Coralline seaweed is absolutely beautiful! There were several masses of it visible in tidepools and in the intertidal zone at the minus tide at Salt Creek.

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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I'm not sure what kind of Coral Leaf Seaweed this is, maybe Bossiella? Normally I find little pieces on the beach, often pink, sometimes white or lavender, but here at Salt Point there are masses of it.

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wendy5

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June 12, 2014

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This unusual seaweed is Codium fragile, known as Dead Man's Fingers or Sea Staghorn, on this site Sponge Weed. I like Dead Man's Fingers best. It's a very dark green, spongy, distinctive seaweed. I saw a similar bright green seaweed in Tasmania a few months ago.

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wendy5

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June 12, 2014

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This live Ceratostoma foliatum or Leafy Hornmouth snail was the only one we found during the minus tide at Salt Creek. It was about 3"long and deeply sculpted.

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Giant Green Anemone Anthopleura xanthogrammica

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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There were hundreds of Anthopleura xanthogrammica or Giant Green Anemones at Salt Point today, visible open in tidepools and closed in the intertidal zone during the minus tide. These beautiful anemones are about 6-8" diameter when open. I don't remember so many in the past two years in the intertidal zone.

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Goose Barnacle Pollicipes polymerus

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kiana

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April 20, 2014

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April 20, 2014

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Common Loon Gavia immer

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schippers31

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