Friday, May 20, 2016

Blog Post 2

This morning (Friday) we investigated marine live found in a rocky and sandy intertidal zone. When we arrived it did not appear any marine life was present. It was just a deserted beach of sand and rock. There were sea shells on the beach, but nothing looked "alive".

On closer examination, and following the direction provided by Dr. C, the group looked much more closely and found a wide variety of sea animals hiding under rocks, in tidal pools, and in various crooks and crannies. These included shrimp,orange sponges, hermit crabs, lumpy claw crabs, sea snails, sea urchins, sun sand stars, orange sand stars, brittle sand stars, spiny sand stars, armored crabs, barnacles, swimming crabs, porcelain crabs,sea cucumbers, clams, moon snails, nudibranchs, sea slugs, olive snails, segmented worms, flatworms, and several others. as actually

As a result of our more careful and informed search that what looked like a "deserted" beach was actually full of marine life - if you knew where to look and what to look for.

Wayne Balmer

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