Friday, March 25, 2011

Baby whelks, dressed in pink and cream.

Spring and small critters go together. So, on a warm spring day, so warm I regretted bringing a jacket, and with a low, low tide providing access to the barnacled rocks southeast of Kwomais Point, we spent a couple of hours peering into cracks and crouching to examine anemones and starfish.

Laurie and I made our finds at the same time, on separate rocks. These are Laurie's:

Whelk egg cases.

Zooming in. Each case has several to many eggs inside.

One of the whelks, a wrinkled dogwinkle. We found many of these, all along this stretch of shore, all beautiful, all different, from solid white to solid orange, or striped in many colours.
I'm still trying to identify the animals I found. I'll post them tomorrow.


  1. Gorgeous!

    I miss searching for whelk egg cases... It always felt like you'd struck gold or found buried treasure when you'd lift some seaweed and find them.

    Wonderful photos.

  2. I've seen them but didn't know what they were! The next time I go to the beach, I will be SO much more aware of my surroundings, and so much more informed! Thank you, Susannah! I love going for walks with you!

  3. Susannah, how I live your photos and your stories! I have seen these but never had any idea what they were. My young (at the time) granddaughter told me they were grains of rice left for the mermaids!

    Thank you for sharing your walks along the coastline.

  4. Neat! You teach us so many things here...


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