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Seep Monkeyflower Erythranthe guttata

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 12:52 PM PDT

Description

Erythranthe guttatus (Yellow aka SeepnMonkeyflower) was growing on a wet cliff overlooking the beach.

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Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus

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wendy5

Date

July 5, 2020 02:03 PM PDT

Description

Three Purple Finches were eating Ulva (sea lettuce) during low tide.

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Buffalo Sculpin Enophrys bison

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wendy5

Date

July 5, 2020 10:35 AM PDT

Description

I think this may be another Enophrys bison (Buffalo Sculpin), about 12" long, with many interesting spines and some turquoise coloration.

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Pacific Lion's Mane Jelly Cyanea ferruginea

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wendy5

Date

July 5, 2020 10:14 AM PDT

Description

This must be a Cyanea capillata (Lion's Mane Jelly) with very colorful tentacles! It was about 11" across. I found it upside down, tangled in the eelgrass during a -2.7 tide, and gently turned it over with my rubber boot.

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Graceful Rock Crab Metacarcinus gracilis

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 09:31 AM PDT

Description

I don't often find Metacarcinus gracilis (Graceful Crab), but with this -2.7 tide, while walking in shallow water, a dozen were scurrying around me in the water. This was about 3" across.

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Sea Lettuces Genus Ulva

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 09:44 AM PDT

Description

Smithora nadiadum is abundant as an epiphyte on eelgrass around here. I was surprised to find a green algae growing as an epiphyte. @hfb?

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Pacific Sand Lance Ammodytes personatus

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 09:34 AM PDT

Description

This spectacular 3" fish was swimming in the shallow sea during a minus tide near the tinier baby fish. I can't find a fish like this with its jewel colors and dots in my field guide, and Ammodytes looks like the closest match on iNaturalist.

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Dungeness Crab Metacarcinus magister

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 10:25 AM PDT

Description

I found millions of tiny Dungeness crabs on this beach two weeks ago. Today there were still masses of them, and larger. They must have molted. One would now fit on my little fingernail. They were crawling around, climbing on eelgrass.

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Crustaceans Subphylum Crustacea

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 09:27 AM PDT

Description

These tiny fish were like a swarm of underwater mosquitoes. I wonder if they can be identified when so tiny?

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English Sole Parophrys vetulus

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 09:25 AM PDT

Description

The largest Parophrys vetulus (English Sole) I've seen stranded on top of eelgrass-- 6". I helped it get underwater.

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Buffalo Sculpin Enophrys bison

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 09:50 AM PDT

Description

This beautiful Buffalo Sculpin was trapped on top of eelgrass during the extreme minus tide, and I could have walked right up to it and picked it up.

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Typical Slippersnails Genus Crepidula

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 10:47 AM PDT

Description

These shells mystified me, several (see photo #2) were under a rock during an extreme minus tide, with these two about 1" across. Maybe Hipponix cranioides (Flat Hoodsnail)?

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White-lined Dirona Dirona albolineata

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 11:21 AM PDT

Description

One Dirona albolineata (Frosted Nudibranch) was crawling along on Crustose Coralline Algae.

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Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani

Observer

wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 12:50 PM PDT

Description

A sole Black Oystercatcher arrived with its distinctive call.

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Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 11:42 AM PDT

Description

A male Belted Kingfisher hovered and then took off to survey his territory.

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Giant Rock Scallop Crassadoma gigantea

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 09:54 AM PDT

Description

I think this 4" scallop may be Crassadoma gigantea (Giant Rock-Scallop). It was the only one I've seen alive.

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Hardnose Skates Family Rajidae

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wendy5

Date

July 4, 2020 11:14 AM PDT

Description

Two weeks after finding a skull of Hardnose Skates (Family Rajidae), I found another cartilaginous section of a skeleton. This was about 8" X 4" X 3". Beringraja binoculata (Big Skate)?

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Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

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wendy5

Date

July 3, 2020 11:32 AM PDT

Description

Eleven Barn Swallows, mostly fledglings, were waiting on the beach, hoping to be fed.

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Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus

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wendy5

Date

July 3, 2020 09:44 AM PDT

Description

Two of 29 healthy Pisaster ochraceus (Ochre Star) found on the beach and on the concrete bridge support today.

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Mottled Star Evasterias troschelii

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wendy5

Date

July 3, 2020 09:26 AM PDT

Description

This lovely Evasterias troschelii (Mottled Star) is one of 27 healthy ones found on the beach and concrete bridge support today.

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Hoary Mugwort Artemisia stelleriana

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wendy5

Date

July 3, 2020 11:25 AM PDT

Description

iNaturalist suggested this may be Artemisia stelleriana (Hoary Mugwort)? It was the only plant like this on the beach, along with lots of Ambrosia chamissonis, Carex macrocephala, and Abronia latifolia.

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Sea Belt Saccharina latissima

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wendy5

Date

July 3, 2020 09:59 AM PDT

Description

I think this mass of kelp is Saccharina latissima (Sugar Wrack Kelp). Some fronds were up to 10' long. There were about six bundles of this kelp on the beach today.

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Little Chink Shell Lacuna vincta

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wendy5

Date

July 3, 2020 10:18 AM PDT

Description

Here is one Lacuna vincta (Wide Lacuna) with a few dozen eggs. Lots of the kelp on the beach was covered in eggs today.

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Blister Glassy-Bubble Haminoea vesicula

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wendy5

Date

July 3, 2020 10:56 AM PDT

Description

I think these may be more Haminoea vesicula (Blister Glassy-Bubble) and their yellow eggs. They were in a large, shallow tide pool by the artificial cut, an area with rapidly flowing water when the tide's higher. Last week near Pt. Hudson I found hundreds about 3/4" long, and these were larger, about 1" long, and a few dozen, not hundreds. None had the blue sheen like many had by Pt. Hudson. I could gently feel their internal shells when I moved them into the plastic container for photos.

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Burrowing Sea Cucumber Leptosynapta clarki

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wendy5

Date

July 3, 2020 11:42 AM PDT

Description

Only the second time I've found a Leptosynapta clarki (Burrowing Sea Cucumber). 1" long. One photo shows it drifting in the shallow water, the others in a small plastic container.

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Olympic Chipmunk Neotamias amoenus ssp. caurinus

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wendy5

Date

July 1, 2020 12:55 PM PDT

Description

An Olympic Chipmunk not far from the summit to Mt. Townsend and two patches of snow.

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Western Sweet-Vetch Hedysarum occidentale

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wendy5

Date

July 1, 2020 03:17 PM PDT

Description

Many Hedysarum occidentale (Western Sweetvetch) plants were in full bloom not too far above the parking lot, and a few more higher up the mountain.

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Flett's Fleabane Erigeron flettii

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wendy5

Date

July 1, 2020 01:54 PM PDT

Description

I think this may be Erigeron flettii (Olympic Mountain aka Flett's Fleabane), about 4-6" tall, growing on a boulder.

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Cliff Douglasia Douglasia laevigata

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wendy5

Date

July 1, 2020 12:32 PM PDT

Description

Douglasia laevigata (Smooth aka Cliff Douglasia) was in full bloom.

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Small-flower Beardtongue Penstemon procerus

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wendy5

Date

July 1, 2020 12:33 PM PDT

Description

Penstemon procerus (Small-flowered Penstemon) & Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion).

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