With this past weekend’s full moon (which I only saw briefly through the clouds) we had another nice low tide series. I didn’t end up braving the rain to make it down to the beach, but thought I would share this photo from a low tide at John Brown’s Beach earlier this summer. The Pygmy … Read more
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) seem to be fairly common around Sitka. Sometimes they wash up on shore dead (which is how I usually find them), but this one was fun to watch as it moved up and down through the water column while slowly drifting on the current past Magic Island. This jellyfish can … Read more
On a late July hike, I noticed what appeared to be some sort of silken egg sack/case hanging from a sedge in a muskeg in Indian River valley. I wondered if it might be from a spider, since I couldn’t think of anything else that might have enough silk to make such a case. Still, … Read more
Looking somewhat like dark brown over-cooked spaghetti draped over the barnacle encrusted rock of the high intertidal on Magic Island, the aptly named rubber threads (Nemalion helminthoides) were new to me. As far as I can tell at this point (still early in my learning about marine algae), there is not really anything else they … Read more
Marbled Murrelet a short distance offshore of Magic Island During the July low tide series, the kids and I visited the south beach area of Halibut Point Rec. Shortly after we arrived, Connor noticed Marbled Murrelets on the water not far off the north point of Magic Island and went over there to try and … Read more
Another winter shot from back in 2010. This one was my favorite from an early morning walk (follow link to see more images from that day) in early March.