In an hour of wading, I found only eelgrass, and not much of that, on this end of the Bay at mid-tide. But each blade of eelgrass had at least one limpet crawling on it. And the limpets were carrying their own burdens:
|One tiny limpet, 7 busy spiral tubeworms, Spirorbis spirorbis|
|Another limpet, with 10 tubeworms.|
The limpets don't seem to be bothered by the excess weight of tubeworms, probably more than the weight of the limpet itself. In a way, they may actually benefit the limpet, protecting it from attack by hungry crabs that content themselves with picking the worms out of the tubes instead of trying to crush the limpet. After a day in my tank, most of the worms are gone; the hermit crabs have harvested them.
What else I found in the muddy sand, tomorrow.