Last month we made an early morning trip the coast to hit negative tide. It was a gray day, but low tide always makes up for that. (Besides, I actually like gray days!)
|see the shore crab?|
|the cliffs -- often the water is right up to the cliff line|
|strata of fossils -- SO neat|
|these curious furrows in nearly solid rock -- we were thinking of Madam How and Lady Why!|
And just to tack on some other interesting beach finds from this summer:
Vincent found this sand dollar split open lengthwise and still in tact. I've never seen one so neatly parted like this! The inside is so delicate.
On our last beach trip, the lifeguard alerted us to this dead stingray right next to us on the beach. It was only about seven inches across, but it was so neat to get a peek at his spine (the underside of him was a bit more mangled and bone was exposed).
This one was fun: we found what the kids called "the most gigantic (dead) mole crab we've ever seen!!" It did look like a mole crab, but apparently it's called a spiny sand crab, and it eats the usual mole crabs we see. It was as large as my palm!
|drew was enamored with his "cwab"|
Another day we found purple waves hitting the shore.
|see the purple tinge?|
As we got closer, we noticed it was tiny purple dots within the waves casting the tint.
Okay, that's all my unusual sightings from the past couple months. :) Have you seen anything particularly remarkable lately?