Sitting it Out

Settled on a vertical face in the highest intertidal, Lottia digitalis sits out low tide clamped down tight. With the surf pounding just below, there is silence in these shells.


Note to arachnophiles: While preparing this post I noticed a red speck on the shell of the middle limpet. That’s a red spider mite (Neomolgus littoralis). Can you find it?



    1. Ha! It’s not too uncommon for a creature I didn’t even see to make an appearance in a photo. Turns out this mite is common in the high rocky intertidal and on the beach in masses of drifted kelp. Now I’m going to try to find some on purpose!

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