Marine Animals

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

against a photo of the sky over Sunset Beach, darkest at the top

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This is a mere sampling of animals found on Sunset Beach. Additional photos are on numerous other web pages on this web site.


Sand Dollar, Live
Sand Dollar with Sabellarid Worms and Tubes
Sea Star, Astropectin articulatus
Forbes Sea Star
Sea Star, Luidia Cathrata
Hairy Sea Cucumber
Hairy Sea Cucumber
Portuguese Man-o-War, Physalia physalis
Cannonball Jellyfish, Stomolophus meleagris. live
Moon Jellyfish
Australian Spotted Jellyfish, Phyllorhiza punctata, an invasive, nonindigenous species
Sea Whip, soft coral, covered with polyps
Sea Pansy, Renilla reniformis, soft coral
Warty Sea Anemone, Bunodosoma cavernata
Sea onion anemone, Paranthus rapiformis
Octopi, Octopus vulgaris
Cannonball Jellyfish, live
Cannonball Jellyfish, live
Colonial tunicate, Eudistoma hepaticum, sea liver
Colonial Tunicate, Aplidium stellatum, sea pork
The two most common species of sponges
Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus
Ghost Crab, Ocypode quadrata
Iridescent swimming crab, Portunus gibbesii
Horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus
Speckled Crab, Arenaeus cribrarius
Spider Crab
Lettered Olive, Oliva sayana
Knobbed Whelk, Busycon carica, live
Channeled Whelks, Busycon canaliculatum, live
Smooth Dogfish Shark, Mustelus canis
Probably Southern Stingray, Dasyatis americana
Drum of some sort, perhaps Spot or Croaker, stranded in a tide pool after the water seeped out
American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis