A Is for Anthopleura

Anthopleura xanthogrammica, giant green Anthopleura artemisia, moonglow Anthopleura elegantissima, pink-tipped green To see more images of these and a couple non-Anthopleura anemones, head over to my sea anemones page. An Alphabet Challenge–Subjects That Begin with the Letter A

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The Colorful Painted Anemone, Urticina crassicornis

A beam of morning sunlight illuminates just a flicker of red beneath a carpet of Ulva. Should you peel away the protective blades to find out what’s resting under the leafy salad? If its the first time you’ve seen this out of place glint of crimson it’s going to be hard to resist. Beneath the…

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The Drift Line’s Getting Slippery on the Northern Oregon Coast: By-the-Wind Sailors Wash Ashore in Great Numbers

Free-floating hydroids, by-the-wind sailors, Velella velella, have been washing ashore in great numbers, for weeks. It’s a fairly common event on Oregon beaches, but this happens to be one of the biggest I’ve seen, so I’m sharing a few images that captured my imagination. Here’s the top of the drift line from a pre-dawn high…

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