Tidepooling SoCal

Ok, not quite tidepooling all of SoCal, but I did tidepool in SoCal. Flew down to LA for a company holiday party, which just happened to include a tidepooling jaunt to Leo Carillo State Park! Leo Carillo doesn't have too much in the way of straight-up pools, but it does have a nice cobble field with many cool things living there. Friends told me to expect sea hares and octopi, and we in fact found both! I was so excited about the sea hares. They were enormous (for sea slugs), and just plane cool. Other things I could recognize were a bunch of Pisaster ocraceus, some moonglow anemones, and striped shore crabs. Among the things I didn't recognize were lots of anemones, big calcareous hunks of colonial worm colonies, and lots of other stuff. Would love to go back.

Publicado por kueda kueda, 06 de diciembre de 2009

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Liebre Marina de California (Aplysia californica)

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kueda

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Diciembre 2, 2009 02:31 PM PST

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Flew down to SoCal for a company holiday party, and part of the festivities involved tidepooling at a minus tide! Yay! We went to Leo Carillo State Park, which has a nice stretch of cobble, where we found many, many California Sea Hares. A lot. And they were so, so big. I was quite excited, and everyone else either hadn't been tidepooling or hadn't been since they were kids, so I had a lot of fun trying to share what little knowledge I could muster on unfamiliar ground, and everyone seemed to have a good time finding squidgy wonders.

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Pulpo de Dos Manchas Californiano (Octopus bimaculoides)

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kueda

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Diciembre 2, 2009 03:25 PM PST

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This was the other thing I was hoping to see at Leo Carillo. This one was itty bitty, but with plenty of chutzpah: it inked, it shot water, it tried to climb out othe dish.

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