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Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2015. Photos may be used for educational purposes only. Contact me with inquiries.

Many visitors to the beach and to my website ask how to keep marine animals alive when they return to their homes. The first issue is "getting" salt water. I use a product called Instant Ocean. It is like salt. I dissolve a fourth cup of it in eight cups of water.

Keeping invertebrates such as crabs, snapping shrimp and whelks in salt water only addresses one issue. They need filtration to remove waste and to infuse oxygen. They need appropriate food. In the ocean they eat microscopic plankton found in sea water. You will not see a large mouth on a crab, anemone or sea star. The food a whelk eats must pass through its siphon. Even though I bring home a few cups of ocean water from every beach walk to add to my aquarium, some animals that I put into it die. I have not learned to keep them alive.

After photographing the animals, I return many of them to the ocean the following day.

Sea Pansies, Renilla reniformis, Sunset Beach, NC
   
Sargassum Crab
Sargassum Crab
Sargassum Crab prying open dead Moon Snail, 07/24/07
Sargassum Crab
Anemone
Sargassum Crab, 07/11/07
Anemone, 07/20/07
   
Thorny Oyster
Thorny Oyster
Atlantic Pearl-oyster, Pinctada imbricata, found on Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 07/09/07
   
Anemone
Anemone, 07/09/07
   
Anemone
Anemone
Anemone
Anemone
Anemones, 05/22/07
Bunodosoma cavernata
Warty Sea Anemone, Bunodosoma cavernata, 05/02/07
Anemones
Anemones
Paranthus rapiformis, "Onion" Anemone
Anemone
Anemone
   
Calliactis tricolor
Calliactis tricolor
Sea Anemone, Calliactis tricolor, adhered to wall on L and open on rock on R
Hairy Sea Cucumber
Hairy Sea Cucumber
Hairy Sea Cucumber
Forbes Sea Star
Forbes Sea Star and Crab
Forbes sea star, tube feet and suckers apparent, and crab
Luidia clathrata
Luidia clathrata
Gray Striped Sea Star, Luidia clathrata -- a Gymnast!
Sea Stars
Astropecten articulatus
Gray Striped Sea Star, Luidia clathrata, and Beaded Sea Star, Astropecten articulatus
Astropecten articulatus
Astropecten articulatus
Beaded Sea Star, Astropecten articulatus
Atrina rigida
Atrina rigida
Stiff Pen Shell, Atrina rigida
Calico Crab
Porcelain Crab
Calico Crab
Porcelain Crab
Crab eating Sea Cucumber
Crab
Crab gnawing at Hairy Sea Cucumber
The ubiquitous crab
Purple Sea Urchin
Purple Sea Urchin
Giant Atlantic Cockle open
Giant Atlantic Cockle siphons
Open Giant Atlantic Cockle with mouth showing on L and two siphons on R
Knobbed Whelk antennae
Knobbed Whelk siphon and operculum
Two small Knobbed Whelks climbing, antenna & siphon visible on L, operculum & siphon visible on R
 
Knobbed Whelk siphon and antennae
Knobbed Whelk
Knobbed Whelk climbing side of aquarium, siphon & antennae showing
Knobbed Whelk attached to side of aquarium
Forbes Sea Star on Knobbed Whelk
Sea Star on Knobbed Whelk, Crab in front

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