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3 plants
15 other animals
5 mollusks
3 ray-finned fishes

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 09:47 AM PDT

Description

High in the intertidal, I saw a few of these scurrying about. Difficult to photograph! Maybe Idotea kirchanskii (Surfgrass Isopod)?

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Stalked Sea Squirt Styela clava

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 09:56 AM PDT

Description

My friend noticed this washed ashore during the minus tide. About 4-5" long. Perhaps a slightly dried out Styela clava (Club Tunicate aka Stalked Sea Squirt)? Or maybe Styela truncata @paul_norwood?

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Giant Green Anemone Anthopleura xanthogrammica

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 10:06 AM PDT

Description

Anthopleura xanthogrammica (Giant Green Anemone) is thriving at Salt Creek. Every year there seem to be more in the higher intertidal.

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Green Rope Acrosiphonia coalita

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 10:19 AM PDT

Description

Acrosiphonia coalita (Green Rope) was lush and beautiful at Salt Creek.

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Scalyhead Sculpin Artedius harringtoni

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 10:25 AM PDT

Description

A red Oligocottus maculosus (Tidepool Sculpin) or perhaps a Artedius harringtoni (Scalyhead Sculpin)? It was between 2-3" long and darting through a tide pool, very hard to photograph.

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Red Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 10:29 AM PDT

Description

A gorgeous Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (Red Sea Urchin), one of a few dozens we saw among all the Purple Urchins.

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Green Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 10:30 AM PDT

Description

Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (Green Sea Urchin) is quite rare at Salt Creek. Maybe one in 300 urchins is a Green Urchin.

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Leafy Hornmouth Ceratostoma foliatum

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 10:37 AM PDT

Description

We saw a few Ceratostoma foliatum (Leafy Hornmouth)

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Sea Sacks Halosaccion glandiforme

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 10:38 AM PDT

Description

Sea Sacks are very common at Salt Creek.

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Rockweed Gunnel Apodichthys fucorum

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 10:42 AM PDT

Description

Maybe a Pholis clemensi (Longfin Gunnel)? This 3" fish was so small and thin we first thought it was a red ribbon worm. It was out of the water during the minus tide and gasping for air. We tried to move it to the water without touching it.

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Dead Man's Fingers Codium fragile

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 10:46 AM PDT

Description

Codium fragile (Dead Man's Fingers) is abundant at Salt Creek.

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Granular Claw Crab Oedignathus inermis

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:10 AM PDT

Description

Just the claw of Oedignathus inermis (Granular Claw Crab) on a Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purple Sea Urchin), with a small Henricia (Blood Star) to create a still life composition ;-)

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Pygmy Rock Crab Glebocarcinus oregonensis

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:15 AM PDT

Description

A couple of molts of Pygmy Rock Crabs were on the seaweed, and this live one inhabited a small hole in the rock.

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:16 AM PDT

Description

Our guess was a juvenile Orthasterias koehleri (Rainbow Star)? 3" across and rough textured.

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Bering Hermit Crab Pagurus beringanus

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:27 AM PDT

Description

A lovely Pagurus beringanus (Bering Hermit) inside a topsnail shell.

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Daisy Brittle Star Ophiopholis kennerlyi

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:36 AM PDT

Description

It's always fun to find a Ophiopholis aculeata (Daisy Brittle Star) at Salt Creek. This had 2" arms and was under a rock.

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Veiled Chiton Placiphorella velata

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:39 AM PDT

Description

I think this may be a weathered Placiphorella velata (Veiled Chiton). It was under a rock. At first I thought it was smashed flat, but then saw the wider girdle with "hairs."

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Brooding Anemone Epiactis prolifera

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:39 AM PDT

Description

I saw about a dozen of these small Epiactis prolifera (Proliferating Anemone), about 1.5" across, covered in tiny babies.

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:48 AM PDT

Description

Our guess was a juvenile Orthasterias koehleri (Rainbow Star)? 4" across and rough textured.

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Northern Feather Duster Worm Eudistylia vancouveri

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:50 AM PDT

Description

A huge colony of Eudistylia vancouveri (Vancouver Feather-duster) exposed during the minus tide.

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Pacific Purple Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 11:56 AM PDT

Description

Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purple Sea Urchin) seem to multiply each year at Salt Creek after the deaths of so many Pisaster Ochaceus. There are thousands and thousands of them.

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 12:04 PM PDT

Description

A very bright 1.5" Leptasterias (Colorful Six-armed Star); there were two beside each other.

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Tidepool Sculpin Oligocottus maculosus

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 12:05 PM PDT

Description

One of many Oligocottus maculosus (Tidepool Sculpin) blending in with its surroundings in a tide pool.

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Red Dorid Rostanga pulchra

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 12:07 PM PDT

Description

Two Rostanga pulchra (Red Sponge Nudibranch aka Red Dorid) with eggs on red encrusting sponge. Rostanga pulchra are very common at Salt Creek.

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Whitecap Limpet Acmaea mitra

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 12:10 PM PDT

Description

Acmaea mitra (Whitecap Limpet) is quite common at Salt Creek, usually covered in coralline algae. The second photo shows the soft body inside the shell.

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 12:14 PM PDT

Description

This is a guess- this cluster of possibly Eudistoma was under some sea grass.

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wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 12:19 PM PDT

Description

My guess is Family Nereididae? This worm was quite extraordinary. One photo shows it with a smaller worm, both teal/dark turquoise, on a rock. Another photo shows when we poured some sea water on it, and it began to show dark orange colors. All the rest of the photos are the worm in sea water inside a plastic bag (which was all we had), a mix of several colors. It stretched to about 5" long at most. @leslieh?

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Giant Pacific Octopus Enteroctopus dofleini

Observer

wendy5

Date

June 6, 2019 12:27 PM PDT

Description

A large Giant Pacific Octopus, partly eaten away, had washed ashore.