Long and twisty:
|Tubeworms, hiding from the light.|
|Saddleback gunnel. Accompanied by another of those kelp crabs with a sea lettuce hat.|
Round and spiky:
|Green sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis. (That name's a bit of a tongue-twister, isn't it?) Topside. Those spines are in constant motion.|
When I was a kid, someone told me that sea urchins were good to eat. You just broke one in half, and ate it, raw, on the half-test. With a spoon.
I had to try it. I brought home a green sea urchin from the beach, cracked it down the middle, and tasted it. Not bad. I took another bite, and another. And while I spooned out that first half, the second half walked itself across the counter and dropped to the floor.
That did it. I apologized to the urchin and returned it to the beach. I never ate another.
|Sea urchin underside, showing the mouth.|
|Mouth open, showing off his five teeth.|
|Pink-tipped green anemone, Anthopleura elegantissima, half-way between the ball form and the flower shape.|
Compact and round:
|Probably a stubby isopod, Gnorimosphaeroma oregonensis. Also a shape-shifter; they curl up into a ball and roll away when I touch them.|
All of these were in the mid-tidal zone, 50th parallel north.