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Photo Journal Fall 2012

Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2012. Photos may be used for educational purposes only. Contact me with inquiries.

   
Photos of two Atlantic Giant Cockles, Dinocardium Robustrum, live. Each was extending its foot to make a giant leap backwards. I do not know if they do that in water or if I set them the wrong way on the sand. One of the siphons of the left cockle is showing. Sunset Beach, NC, 11/01/12.
   
Colonial tunicate, 9-inches wide, Sunset Beach, NC, 10/28/12
Horseshoe crab molts drying, from Sunset Beach, NC, 10/28 and 10/29/12.
Purple Sea Urchin, Arbacia punctulata, Sunset Beach, NC, 10/28/12.
New colonial tunicate found on Sunset Beach, NC, 10/22/12. This could be a serious issue if the species has not been on the East Coast previously. They are about one inch tall and two inches wide. I am waiting for them to be identified.
These are onion sea anemones, Paranthus rapiformis, in sea water above a large Colonial Tunicate. Normally onion anemones are round. Because of the small space left in the water, two of them are elongated. From Sunset Beach, NC, 10/28/12
Rubbery Bryozoan, Alcyonidium hauffi. This animal is frequently found growing on other animals such as sea whips rather than in a solitary clump. Sunset Beach, NC, 10/28/12
This marvelous block of wood was completely surrounded by Goose Barnacles, Lepas anatifera. I saved them overnight in sea water with an aerator. By morning three large worms had crawled out from behind the barnacles into the water. Sunset Beach, NC, 10/03/12.
   
Goose Barnacle, Lepas anatifera, Sunset Beach, NC, 10/03/12
 
Worm left and worm mouth, right. Three of these crawled out from behind the Goose Barnacles attached to the block of wood, Sunset Beach, NC, 10/03/12
Horseshoe Crab molt, 3.5 inches wide, Sunset Beach, NC, 09/18/12
   
Beautiful pink morphological variants of a normal Sunset Beach shell, Musculus lateralis, Sunset Beach, NC, 09/15/12
This photo includes three variant specimens and three normal Musculus lateralis.
 
Variable Coquina, Donax variabilis, delightful because they come in every pastel shade and striped. I photographed two striped Coquina through my microscope. Sunset Beach, NC, 09/21/12.
 
Southern Horsemussel, Modiolus squamosus. Periostracum is diagnostic. Sunset Beach, NC, 09/24/12
Amphipod with megalops, Sunset Beach, NC, 09/23/12
 
Stinging hydrozoan found in sea weed, Sunset Beach, NC, 09/22/12
 
Willet, Sunset Beach, NC, 08/27/12
 
Wood Stork, Sunset Beach, NC, 08/27/12
Fly pupae that fell out of an empty Shark Eye from Sunset Beach, NC, 09/15/12
Wood Storks and Egret, Sunset Beach, NC, 08/27/12
This Wood Stork was reported as "a large injured bird" on Ocean Isle Beach. Within minutes it died. In less than an hour it was in full rigor. I could not determine cause of death because the wings were half opened yet wrapped around its breast. When a necropsy was performed at the NC State Museum of Natural Sciences, it was determined that the Stork had been shot. Entry and exit wounds were present. I visited the remains after they had been "dressed" to be a lab specimen. One wing, stretched, is shown above. The color is dark green and iridescent. My camera's flash hid the iridescence. Because Wood Storks are a federally-endangered species, killing one is a felony. Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 06/05/12.