April 2015 update

April 8, 2015

Today's field day heralded the return of some upwelling to our coast - seen in the clarity of the water, and certainly felt in the coldness of it as well! We're hoping it continues.

 photo 2015.04.08 Pillar Point_zpsklzducgu.jpg

The Hopkin's Rose, Okenia rosacea was still seen in large numbers. Many Hermissenda crassicornis were visible as well - lots of them swimming upside down on the surface-tension of the water.

A handful of larger adult Pisaster ochraceus were out, and we also spotted some tiny juveniles. We're still waiting for Pycnopodia helianthoides, the sunflower star, to return to the intertidal, and we've only seen one pink star, Pisaster brevispinus, over ...more ↓

Posted on April 08, 2015 05:06 PM by kestrel kestrel | 0 comments | Leave a comment
More journal posts

Recent observations View all

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Speckled Triopha Triopha maculata

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:52 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Opalescent Nudibranch Hermissenda crassicornis

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:50 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:49 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Hopkin's Rose Okenia rosacea

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:48 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:48 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Sea Clown Triopha Triopha catalinae

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:46 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Hilton's Aeolid Phidiana hiltoni

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:42 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:56 AM PDT

Description

Large one, about 2.5" across.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Polychaete worms Class Polychaeta

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:44 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Starburst Anemone Anthopleura sola

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:54 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Moonglow Anemone Anthopleura artemisia

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:09 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Moonglow Anemone Anthopleura artemisia

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Red Bryozoan Integripelta bilabiata

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Lined Chiton Tonicella lineata

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Description

on red bryozoan

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Caridean Shrimp Infraorder Caridea

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Description

about 2 inches long

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

By-the-wind-sailor Velella velella

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Description

hundreds washed up on the reef

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Hilton's Aeolid Phidiana hiltoni

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Spotted Dorid Triopha maculata

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Hopkin's Rose Okenia rosacea

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Description

only saw 4 today

Photos / Sounds

What

Opalescent Nudibranch Hermissenda crassicornis

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Sea Clown Triopha Triopha catalinae

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 07:04 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

dpom

Date

April 19, 2015 06:57 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Hopkin's Rose Okenia rosacea

Observer

kestrel

Date

April 8, 2015 08:24 AM PDT

kestrel Project curator ID

Okenia rosacea

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Opalescent Nudibranch Hermissenda crassicornis

Observer

kestrel

Date

April 8, 2015 08:21 AM PDT

Description

Upside-down!

kestrel Project curator ID

Hermissenda crassicornis

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Ribbon Worms Phylum Nemertea

Observer

kestrel

Date

April 8, 2015 09:41 AM PDT

kestrel Project curator ID

Phylum Nemertea

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Purple Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

Observer

kestrel

Date

April 8, 2015 09:45 AM PDT

kestrel Project curator ID

Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
More observations

About

Pillar Point reef, south of San Francisco on the San Mateo coast (and home to the famous Maverick’s Surf Contest), is a diverse, rocky, intertidal site directly adjacent to the Montara State Marine Reserve. When the reserve was established as a California State Marine Protected Area in 2007, the Pillar Point reef was intentionally excluded from the reserve boundaries for use as a control site. ...more ↓

2692 mini kestrel created this project on May 18, 2012

Is this inappropriate, spam, or offensive? Add a flag

Logo eee 15px
Embed a widget for this project on your website