I'm not sure if this is seaweed or some type of hydroid or something else entirely. It was growing off the edge of the dock at the marina and was about 4" long, a dark olive green.
Here's a 3" Botrylloides violaceus or Lined Compound Ascidian colony in beautiful shades of orange and yellow. It was growing on the dock at the marina under a few inches of water.
Here are two photos of River Otters swimming around the marina and eating small soles or flounders. It's tricky for them to eat these bony fish without using their paws. They have to get out onto the dock and gulp the fish down in stages. One photo shows three otters on the dock and one tail as the fourth otter has plunged underwater.
About a dozen Northern Shovelers were hanging out on and beside this lagoon today along with Mallards, American Wigeons, and Hooded Mergansers.
Here are two photos of Cyanea capillata or Lion's Mane jellies. After not seeing any on the beaches for a couple of months, today I found six dead ones on the beach. One photo shows a dead or dying Cyanea capillata still in the water. Each was about a foot across.
This rock had a dense mat of Rockweed attached to it. This time of year I don't see much Rockweed. Maybe that's because I don't get to explore low tide as much in the winter, when the best low tides occur at night.
This Larus glaucescens or Glaucous-winged Gull is our most common gull locally. This is an adult, non-breeding this time of year.
One of my favorite limpets is Lottia digitalis or Ribbed Limpet. Here is a cluster of about a hundred, each less than an inch long, covering the side of a boulder at low tide. I wonder why they all chose this rock, when so many others were bare?
A few hundred Mytilus trossulus or Pacific Blue Mussels were clustered on this one boulder among tiny barnacles. Each was an inch long or smaller. The low tide exposed them to the air.
Several rocks had Ulva lactuca or Sea Lettuce growing on them, and they were exposed by the low tide. This is a very common seaweed here. It's supposed to be highly nutritious, full of vitamins, minerals, and protein. It doesn't taste bad at all!
This Coral Leaf Seaweed was on the beach. The total length was about 4". This one shows the peach-colored version, and another post shows the more typical lavender and white colors.
Here are two typical shades of the red Coral Leaf Seaweed. I also found a peach color, which is shown in another post. There is a lot on the beach now after some winter storms break it loose. These are both about 4" long, and really look like little bones.
This project is a warehouse for natural history observations in the Puget Sound country. The project is being launched to support a new natural history course at the University of Washington, but we welcome all naturalists to this project. The platform will be used by the class to record observations in the Puget Sound region and communicate about Puget Sound natural history. For the course, ...more ↓
This project is a warehouse for natural history observations in the Puget Sound country. The project is being launched to support a new natural history course at the University of Washington, but we welcome all naturalists to this project. The platform will be used by the class to record observations in the Puget Sound region and communicate about Puget Sound natural history. For the course, please photograph, geo-reference, and identify a minimum of 100 different species during the 10 weeks of the spring 2012 quarter. Observations that include significant natural history content (phenology, habitat, behavior etc) will get specific recognition (if you are in the class). If you want to get involved but are not in the class, no problem! log in, add observations, make comments on our observations, and add natural history! less ↑