Sea Shore Animals of the Pacific Northwest

We took a stroll along one of our Pacific beaches over the weekend. Kitsap Memorial State is a beautiful park is just north of Bremerton, WA. It’s rocky shoreline is loaded with oysters and an enormous variety of seashore wildlife. Here’s a sample: /*===== general options =========*/ a { box-shadow: none !important; } .view *, .album_categories *, .album_back_button *, #album_disabled_layer {
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Plate Limpet
Plate Limpet

Clam Worm
Clam Worm

Dogwinkle Eggs
Dogwinkle Eggs

Dogwinkles
Dogwinkles

Hairy Chiton
Hairy Chiton

Hairy Shore Crabs
Hairy Shore Crabs

Hermit Crab
Hermit Crab

Ochre Sea Star
Ochre Sea Star

Porcelain Crab
Porcelain Crab

Prickle Back
Prickle Back

Prickle Back
Prickle Back

Purple Shore Crabs
Purple Shore Crabs

Red Rock Crab
Red Rock Crab

Sea Cucumber
Sea Cucumber

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SHORE CRABS

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DIPLURANS – PRIMITIVE and Mysterious

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“Feather Duster” Worms

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A Bit of Arkansas Wildlife

My travels often take me out beyond the scope of Northwest Wildlife but my camera is always ready. Here’s a few shots I managed on a fairly cold day in Arkansas. I had to turn over a lot of logs and rocks but the effort was worthwhile. Especially gratifying was the little five lined skink […]

The Giant Pacific Octopus – Our Saltwater Santa

Okay, it’s not everyone’s idea of a cuddly ST Nick, but he is big and he is red and white. Several viewpoints of the Giant Pacific Octopus from the Seattle Aquarium. This fellow stretched out to about ten feet and was in fine form the day I visited. The typical color of a […]

Insect Choppers

Just because everyone’s eating and chomping down this holiday:

Termites display the difference between workers and soldiers; the western harvester ant shows off its chopper – and believe me they pack a wallop.

HOOAH

Jack

 

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Harvester Ants – The Fossil Hunter’s Friend

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THE STRANGEST CREATURE I EVER ENCOUNTERED

After this this article was written I received information from Louis Sorkin B.C.E., Entomologist and Arachnologist at the American Museum of Natural History in NY who identified as most likely belonging to a group of insects called reduviid bugs, a group of ambush predators that are also known as “true bugs”. I found these guys […]

GIANT WATER BUGS AND WATER SCORPIONS – the Big and Tall of Invertebrate Predators

If they weren’t such ferocious predators you might compare these guys to Laurel and Hardy. Common freshwater insects of ponds, marshes, and lakes these guys represent the big and tall end of invertebrate predators. But don’t look for laughs. Neither has a particularly comical side to its personality.

Nicknamed “Toe Biter” the Giant Water Bug […]