The rain gave me a chance to sort through the photos we've already taken. Here are a handful of the animals we found on our beach Tuesday morning, many old friends, but some new critters that I haven't been able to identify yet, partly because I foolishly left my books at home.
Starfish, pink and purple. Some were orange, too.
Leather star. A hungry carnivore.
A small sea urchin, very much alive, waving its spines about. A reddish test, creamy spines.
A barnacled oyster, welded to the rock. There are many like this. The shells seem to melt into and around the rock.
A large green isopod. And look; towards the head, there is a tiny greyish-white fly. The drying seaweeds on the rocks were covered with these flies.
We've been trying to identify this six-inch fish we found under a rock in a tidepool. It's a purplish red, has pale blotches along the back, some design on the head, and a reddish tailfin.
The underside of the head end, showing white markings on the face, and tiny pectoral fins.
Blue floater, a foot underwater.
We were wading, knee-deep at the bottom of the intertidal zone, when we saw this blue blob floating among the seaweeds. I caught it, touching it carefully first, in case it stung. It didn't, so I took it out of the water.
Blue tapioca jelly.
It felt like cold tapioca pudding; soft and cool, but it held its shape, even when I poked it gently. It didn't move, and I couldn't see any structure to it beyond the pearl-tapioca cells. When I put it back in the water, it sunk a few inches and floated away.
I have no idea even where to start looking for this one. Could it be a sponge? Or a piece of something else?
And I'll leave the assorted crabs, anemones and seaweeds, and an entertaining heron for another day.