Dabbling with Crustacean Competition

I wonder how three similar and closely related surfperch can live together on homogenous sandy beaches. How do they subdivide theoutershores? One solution might be partitioning their food. To study this, I’m learning to identify what they eat; surf perch and their competitors. Above is one of the first surfperch food items I ever examined.…

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Going, Gone

One morning in June I was wandering around the outer shores during a very low tide, forecast to be -2.3 feet. You can get a sense of this in the photo below. A low tide like this always brings out a few people looking for stuff to harvest on the sandy beaches. They’re usually looking…

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An Abundance of Orange

Because I spend a lot of time on the outer shores catching fish by hook and line, I’m always thinking about how to catch more. I guess this reflects some competitive tendency, but I’d like to think it’s more than that. It seems like every fish I encounter tells a story about something I’m curious…

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