Oceanic Crab Makes Landfall

Miles of monotonous sand. When I’m not concentrating on surf zone fishes and their prey, or the riches of the rocky intertidal, I’m walking the wrack line. If you look at Wrack Line 2014 or any of my Wrack Line pages, you will see examples of things that have washed up on the beach –…

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They Don’t Call ’em Surfperch for Nothing

On November 23 I posted this image on the TOS Facebook Page with the words, “Chilly morning on theoutershores.  Will the fish bite on these?”  I had an interest in catching a few surfperch, but it wasn’t meant to be.  Why did that happen?  Why no fish?  I might be able to offer an explanation.  My explanation…

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King Tide

King Tide arrives on theoutershores around Christmas each year. These are the highest spring tides of the year. Low lying infrastructure gets flooded, beach debris is mobilized and there are King Tide photo initiatives all around the world. All the photos in this post were taken on December 12, 2012 when the daytime high tide was 10.4′…

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Floats

After a few days away, I feel the pull of the outer shores strongly. It’s not just fish and fishing. Other things, like a more general connection to nature, and looking for drift material on the beach also exert a pull. When I’m wandering along the shore I’ve always got my eyes open for agates,…

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