Saturday, April 21, 2012


Further studies into the area of animal communication have led to some interesting findings.
None of those interesting findings will be found in this blog.  However, you will find more of the authors latest project in animal communication or as formally known ACWT (Another Complete Waste of Time)....yours if you keep reading...

ENJOY.....or not.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tongue Point and Salt Creek Recreational Area

In a previous post I covered some aspects of Tongue Point and Salt Creek Recreational Area.  Well it's that time again to plan a trip.  Gretchen (cute wife) and I will be camping at Salt Creek R.A. June 3rd and 4th and exploring Tongue Point Marine Reserve on two of the best low tides of 2012, both a minus 3ft. on the 4th and 5th of June.  Salt Creek R.A. has a large Clallam County campground and this time of year it fills up.  Reservations can be made in advance for campsites by mail and forms can be downloaded online..just search for Salt Creek Recreational Area on Google and get the forms and information.  Campsites are $20 or $22 per night depending on type...and there is a $7 registration fee.  Salt Creek R.A. is 12 miles west of Port Angeles, WA.  The tide pools are some of the best on the coast and the area is beautiful.  A side trip to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park is an easy drive from Salt Creek.  Additional areas well worth the time include the outer coast beaches at La Push (2nd and 3rd beach), and Cape Flattery trail at Neah Bay, WA. 
You can see images from Tongue Point trip of 2011 in the previous post "Tongue Point"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Another good low tide day at Alki Beach in West Seattle.  Additional animal images posted here with more egg laying going on.  Smoothhead Sculpins and possible Tidepool Sculpins.  One Moon Snail, the vanguard of what will be an assault on the beach within a few weeks of hordes of egg laying snails.

And one very unusual animal found at Alki that was evidently practicing for the Summer Olympics Woman's Diving Team....looks in good form. Brant Geese continue to move through in large numbers, sharing the beach with Black Turnstones. Tomorrow is the end of the good low tides until the next full moon on May 5th.

Aggregate Anemone

Tidepool or Smoothhead Sculpin (likely male in breeding colors)

Moon Snail - vanguard of mob to follow in coming weeks to lay eggs intertidally

Smoothhead Sculpin male guarding eggs of many females

Smoothhead Sculpin guarding eggs

Tidepool Alki 4-10-12

Lady Beetle preparing for Woman's Olympic Diving Team

Rather beat up Northern Kelp Crab in terminal molt

Red Rock Crab burrowing in sand


March 2012 was a total disaster weather wise in the Pacific NW....wet, cold, windy day after day.  April is looking better.  The first good low tide series of spring arrived this week, with the best low on Monday 4-9-12 if minus 2.3ft.  Very low tides are ahead in early May, early June and early July.
Weather lately has seen temperatures in the high 60's with sun.....yes SUN.
The first Moon Snail egg laying was observed this weekend, as well as much egg laying going on with the Red Burrowing Sea Cucumber, one species of Bubble Shell Snail, the Graceful Cancer Crab and an unidentified species of segmented worm.  No doubt other species were spawning but not observed.
Images from this week include two species of Bubble Shell laying eggs, Graceful Cancer Crab with eggs, spawning Burrowing Sea Cucumber, and Brant Geese (which a migrating north) feeding on green seaweed Ulva.
Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist training was held on Alki and Golden Garden beaches on Saturday April 7th under sunny sky with a cool north wind.

APRIL 7-9 2012

Shaggy Mouse mating and egg laying
Diomedes Aglajid bubble shell, Melanochlamys diomedea, prey of the Spotted Aglajid

Spotted and Black Bubble Shell Snails


Spotted Aglajid, Aglaja ocelligera

Melanochlayms diomedea Bubble Shell laying eggs at Alki beach.

Spotted Aglajid burrowing into sand in hunt for prey

Egg masses of Shaggy Mouse sea slug with Shaggy Mouse Aeolidia papillosa



Brant, Branta bernicla feeding on green seaweed Ulva sp.

Alki Beach with Olympic Mts. and Brant



Red Sea Cucumber, Cucumaria miniata, spawning green eggs, spawning males were also observed

Aggregate Anemone, Anthopleura elegantissima, asexual fission the start of a new colony of clones which will contain a number of polyp types...warriors, scouts, reproductive, and  free edge types.  All will be same sex and will defend territory from other clone groups with warriors and scouts.

Beach Naturalist Captains preparing for training day at Alki Beach

Frilled Dogwinkle (Whelk) Nucella lamellosa feeding on Thatched Barnacle

Radula tracks. likely from Limpet on algae covered rock