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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kazakof Wildlife

Gregg glides on by Bird Rock

Kazakof Bay was full of wildlife.  We saw bears, sea otters, eagles, foxes, and all sorts of birds.  One of the coolest wildlife moments was one morning when we were paddling at dead low tide.  I was wearing polarized sunglasses and the bottom was RIGHT THERE as we glided along on the surface. 

We could see all sorts of sea creatures and plants.  Some of the anemones were gorgeous.  And then I kept seeing these sort of white blobs that looked like they were twisting and swimming.  I looked closer and realized that they were nudibranches - basically snails without a shell.

I tried to take a picture and video with my waterproof camera and they would instantly dive for the bottom.  For blobs those guys are fast! I did manage to get one half decent image (see bottom photo).  At home I identified it as Melibe leonina.  You can see its intestine track through its translucent flesh.  I gather they capture food with their hood, and are quite the predators.  They supposedly even eat small fish!  You can read more about them here.  Patrick

This guy came by and checked out our campsite

Seagull egg on a cliff

Mister bear - he just watched while I surveyed a beach berm

The white thing is a Nudibranch - Melibe leonina


Brooks said...

Sweet fruity aroma - I am curious for the next time I see one. Nice ID!

Alphie Soup said...

Bird rock - well named. And the bear! And what are those 'things' on the lower branches of the tree?


Zoya, Patrick, Nora and Stuart said...

Those 'things' are big clumps of moss! Patrick