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Saturday, December 8, 2012

In the pools

After field work along the central Oregon coast today, we searched a few tidepools and discovered some interesting inhabitants.

A wonderfully green sculpin with pink markings below the eyes and at the base of the pectoral fins.  The green color matches the surfgrass and the pink matches the coralline algae.

A nudibranch (sea slug) that reminded me of a lion's mane.  This is Janolus fuscus.

And a large colony of Tubularia (a hydroid).

This may be the same species that I photographed under a microscope in August.  You can read more about Tubularia here.

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