And so doing, I miss out.
At least in some of my photos, taken with a wide enough view, and with a minimum of hand shake, zooming in back at home, I can discover many of the beauties I should have seen in situ.
This was supposed to be a photo of the rose anemone.
Once I zoomed in, look at what I found:
|You may want to click on this and enlarge it.|
There's a juvenile wolf eel in there. And I had never seen one before; I wish I had noticed it while I was on the beach.
Another one; this was supposed to be a photo of the clingfish. But there's a complete brittle star, out in the open; I missed it live.
About those baby sea urchins; really tiny sea urchins, barely visible in this photo, even at full zoom.
|There are at least 5 sea urchin babies here, besides the medium-sized juvenile. I've saturated the red stuff, so as to highlight the pale pinhead urchins.|
A purple sea urchin may live up to 70 years. The green sea urchin, a bit smaller than the purple, and more short-lived, grows about 1/2 inch per year. I found both of these, green and purple urchins, on this visit to the beach. A scuba diver told me he's seen thelarger red sea urchins here in the subtidal zone; they grow to about a foot across, counting the spines, and may live up to 200 years. I don't know what species the babies are, but they must be only a few months old.
One more photo; worms that I didn't notice, in a photo of an unco-operative gunnel.
|A purple ribbon worm, three different polychaetes (one is striped, upper left), and a spaghetti worm (upper left, orange and yellow). And a four-armed green starfish, a hermit, two purple crabs, an urchin, and a brittle star.|
Next visit to the lower intertidal zone, I think I'll sit me down in one spot and look at everything. Easier on my back, too.