Feature Creature: Strombus alatus

Strombus alatus

This overturned conch is looking in two different directs. In early August, I was walking in the shallows at Big Carlos Pass, enjoying the calm morning water with an exceptionally low tide. It was one of those still mornings that can fool you into believing that there’s nothing new or …

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Tide In, Tide Out: Life Among Flotsom

Leaf Fish

Water streams past you, pulled by the tide. Flowing along side the shore, it carries with it whatever floats or is lightweight and unanchored. Natural flotsam casually passes by, a collection of mangrove seeds, fallen sea grape and mangrove leaves, a sea bean or two, random loose sea grasses and …

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Feature Creature: Grey Wart Anemone

Grey Wart Anamone

What is that?  It’s a beached sea anemone (Anthopleura carneola / Anthopleura krebsi). Despite being named after the anemone garden flower, sea anemones are actually animals related to jellyfish and corals.  Anemones are almost always benthic, meaning that they live on the ocean floor.  They are predatory with a diet …

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Bay Mud Flats

Live TrueTulip

Today’s adventure had me seeking an area off the beaten path: bay mud flats in southern Lee County. There is a reason that the flats are off the beaten path. They’re muddy. The water is often murky and the mud can be rather deep and clinging. Mud flats are, however, …

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