How strange to call this planet 'Earth' when quite clearly it is ocean. Arthur C. Clarke

Friday, May 15, 2015

Field photos

What is it like when I do collections in the intertidal? Here are some photos from my last trip to the intertidal rocks by Hopkins Marine Station on May 11.

This is what we look like looking for snails!


I found a snail!


I found a nudibranch with cool spots; the ringed dorid, 
Diaulula sandiegensis!


Yay for field helpers!


The biggest purple encrusting sponge I'd ever seen!


Weird worms in the mussel bed! Maybe they are
peanut worms, but I really have no idea.

This is what we look like collecting mussels!


Is that whelk eating that chiton?!


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