Stranded Greenling Raises Eternal Question: To Assist or Not Assist?

Last week, thanks to a good low tide, I got to explore a stand of Ahnfeltiopsis. The surf was bigger than I wished, but the grove was upon me, and my attention was on the sand-loving red algae people call forked seaweed. While I was solving seaweeds, the swash left a 75 mm prize flopping…

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A Redtail Surfperch Photo Shoot

Back in mid October I spent part of a day trying to get some new shots of one of my favorite surf zone fishes, the redtail surfperch, Amphistichus rhodoterus. I didn’t get a lot of redtail participation, and as I explain below, I didn’t spend much time with those that did. My photo shoot wasn’t a…

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Surfperch Clades Partition by Habitat, Suggesting Adaptive Radiation

Gary Longo and Giacomo Bernardi just published a paper on the evolutionary history of surfperch (embiotocidae) in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. They used RAD sequence data to describe the embiotocid radiation in the temperate North Pacific, and among the findings are (1) clades partition by habitat, suggesting adaptive radiation, and (2) the rise of kelp…

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Enjoying Embiotocids at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

I was lucky enough to get a couple hours at the Monterey Bay Aquarium recently – spent the whole time staring at embiotocids. It was a great opportunity to connect with surfperches I don’t often get to see in the surf zone of my home waters in northern Oregon. Some of them don’t range as…

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Oceanic Predator Washes onto the Beach

If you follow theoutershores at all, you know I’m always thinking about things that wash up on the beaches. What follows is a description of an uncommon beach discovery – to be sure, it’s a new one on me. A few days ago a couple was playing with their dog on the beach and this…

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