I begin to see an object when I cease to understand it.
~Henry David Thoreau
We found some of the coolest stuff on the beach this year:
Starting with these strange pieces of something that looked like seaweed or fish scales. They're actually moon snail sand collars. (A mixture of sand of mucus that makes this ruffled "collar.") Crazy stuff.
The eggs are on the underside.
We found this snail shell that looked like it had something gross in it. Then we remembered that when the tide goes out some creatures close up tight until the water comes back.
We put it in water and sure enough it was alive.
We also found some skate egg cases.
And watched these clams dig in their feet.
And squirt water out of their siphons. (Sticking out of the right side.)
One day we found these strange "shells" stuck in all of the washed-up seaweed. Then we noticed that the shells seemed to have tentacles emerging. They are some sort of barnacle. (Best guess--buoy barnacles.)
We also spied dolphins. (So close to the shore.)
And these laughing gulls.
And lots of gulls.
Some dropping shells.
And the mockingbird that sang all night.
There were so many fun things to explore.
One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.
~ Black Elk