Windows into the World Below

A mussel-festooned reef frames up the sky above and the sand below. In the foreground, a sand-filled tide pool fills another frame. Its surface is a window into the world below. Lying on my belly, the view discloses intimate anemone details. Windows into the tide pool world are rarely this clear, and never for long.…

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Northern Feather-Duster Worm

Balancing precariously on the edge of a crevice above a rarely exposed and kind of spooky low tidepool, I came eyeball to photosensitive eyespot with this impressive clump of Eudistylia vancouveri. Not true – I came eyeball to parchment tube – the actual worms (eyespots and all) withdrew with the falling tide, and by the…

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