A Starfish, Pisaster, Hanging On

Pisaster ochraceus. Starfish took a hit from sea star wasting syndrome starting in 2013. The disease persists, but healthy Pisaster are now in the majority on my home beaches. I found this five-armed beauty clinging to an overhanging ledge a few days ago, on June 14, 2018. Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal…

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Thinopinus pictus, a Predatory Intertidal Staphylinid

If you walk the drift line you’ll want to get to know Thinopinus pictus, the pictured rove beetle. Pictured roves roam the damp sand between the swash and dry sand ambushing beach hoppers. They’re most active at night, but the odds of running across one on your morning walk are high. You’ll have to watch…

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Drift Line

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.” Another in a series of assignments for Blogging 101. This one is a photo challenge called Half and Half This spring, small blue jellyfish-like creatures washed ashore by the millions turning beaches blue in places. These abundant little hydroids are called by-the-wind sailors,…

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How Stable the Starfish?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Finite Creatures.” This post is the Day 11 assignment for my Blogging 101 class. For decades we have known that starfish, like Pisaster ochraceus, are potent predators that play a big role, directly or indirectly, in maintaining the familiar communities of plants and animals in the intertidal…

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A Surfperch Sexfecta Journal

This is a guest post by Michael Westphal. It is his account of his field trip, executed on the central California coast with the sole objective of collecting six closely related sand-dwelling surfperches, in a single day. This journal accompanies Life History of the Livebearing Calico Surfperch, Amphistichus koelzi (Teleostei: Embiotocidae), which Mike presented July…

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thoutershores Finds Inspiration in a Photography Blog

I’m taking Blogging 101 and yesterday’s assignment had me surfing the web, exploring and commenting on new-to-me blogs. I happened to be browsing blogs on the Oregon coast, and I found one that made me stop and assess my objectives for outershores. I even re-read my About page, which is pretty funny because I read…

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Quick, What’s This Worm?

Day 4 of my Blogging 101 class: Publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it. Okay ideal audience member…quick, what’s this worm? You don’t know? Really? What kind of an audience member are you? One of Steinbeck’s lines from The Log From the Sea of…

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An Assessment and Explanation of theoutershores

Day 2 of Blogging 101, and I was asked to take a cold hard look at my blog’s title. I’ve been meaning to explain my blog’s title for a long time, but I haven’t been prodded into it until now. To meet the assignment, I’ll give an abridged version, making a note to write a…

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Introducing Myself & theoutershores

Note from November 6, 2016 – I wrote this post over a year ago for a blogging class. It has some quirks related to the assignment, but otherwise it’s still applicable. I’m taking Blogging 101, and my first assignment is to write and publish a “who am I and why am I here” post. It…

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Favorite TOS Posts and Photos, 2013

2013 was theoutershores’  first full year in business.  There were 32 new posts and 387 pictures uploaded.  I thought it might be fun to review the most popular posts and share my favorite photographs.  Among TOS readers, the most popular posts in 2013 were: Estimating Flying Ant Day Mermaid’s Purse Dabbling with Crustacean Competition To…

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