A wave-tossed frond of feather boa kelp, Egregia menziesii, washed ashore by the first big fall surf. Fall and winter storms are sure to send pulses of drifting kelp onto exposed beaches. It’s an annual cycle so routine we barely notice it; but to beach hoppers the seasonal deposition of drift kelp means everything.

Beach hoppers make a living on beach beach cast kelp. Their shows, little holes, outline the edges of this feather boa kelp
Beach hoppers make a living on beachcast algae. Their shows, little holes, outline the edges of this feather boa kelp stipe

Here’s another example; this time the treasure is bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana.

There's a beach hopper party under and along this bull kelp stipe
There’s a beach hopper party under and along the seaward edge of this bull kelp stipe

Click pale beach hopper, Megalorchestia columbiana, to see some photos and and learn a little more about the hopper responsible for most of the sand work seen in the photos above.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

3 thoughts

    1. Thanks for saying so. By the way, I just saw your wonderful capture of that sheen. Truly beautiful, and I am glad you added the caption, otherwise I would still be guessing.

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