Last month we explored low tide at Richmond Beach, where we saw mostly anemones, crabs, sea cucumbers, and clams.
The Carkeek Park beach had something different. When I spotted this from a distance, it looked like broken pottery:
But then I saw dozens and dozens of them littering the beach, and they were thin and flexible:
I asked one of the naturalists who educate folks there during low tides, and learned they were egg cases of a creature called a Moon Snail.
The naturalist found an actual, living Moon Snail!
A handy child provided a sense of scale:
That was by far the coolest thing we saw there.
Meanwhile, the birds were busy plucking up fish:
This gull attracted the unwanted attention of its neighbors:
It tried to fly away with its catch:
After a couple of hours of beachcombing, I took a lunch break on a piece of driftwood which had this lovely view:
Naturally, I had my sketchbook along.
It was a lovely morning for exploring. For the next low tide we hope to get to Golden Gardens beach to see what might be different there.