A few days ago it was windy and rainy all day..
The following morning we knew we had go to the beach.
Its always fun to walk the beach after a storm…
Check out the interesting things the storm brought in..
I don’t know what many of these things are…
SEA PORK, Amaroucium stellatum, a large colonial ascidian found attached to rocks. Its smooth, slippery test comes in a variety of handsome colors ranging through pink, green, red and lavender. Along many parts of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, beachcombers find these rubbery chunks of protoplasm cast upon the beach. They range from a few inches to chunks weighing 10 pounds, and produce good tadpole larvae in the spring.
The tunicates. Who would believe that these large, fleshly blobs resembling a sponge for all practical appearances, are one of the most highly evolved of all marine invertebrates? In their adult form they are little more than a water pump, pumping water in through their vascular system, extracting nutrients and pumping the water out. It is in their larval stage that the tunicates display the characteristics which make them part of the same chordate phylum to which all fish, birds, reptiles and mammals belong.
Sea pork is subtidal, found from the low tide line to depths of approximately 30 feet. Colonies grow on hard substrates such as mangrove roots, rock jetties, pilings and floating docks.
This was very interesting..and sculptural
An interesting day at the beach.
We just left Huntington Beach State Park this morning..
headed to Charleston SC for a few days.
See you there!