February 3, 2007

Photos from Waties Island, SC, & microscope photos of some items

Copyright 2007 Jo O'Keefe All Rights Reserved

Today, through the kindness of Coastal Carolina University, I went to uninhabited Waties Island just across the state line to search for the nonindigenous barnacle, Megabalanus coccopoma. I began my 4-hour walk with cloudy skies and ended up at sunset with a far-lower temperature and exhausted. Waties Island provides the unadulterated beauty of nature. Aside from a few barnacles, I only brought home a few very small pieces of sea weed and of a rubbery bryozoan. The coral and brittle stars were on them.

View from causeway
  
Oysters at the causeway
Wheat at the causeway
  
A structure once used by the Tilghman family
Eagle or osprey nest far in the distance
The hallmark trees of Waties Island
  
Waves of dune
Erosion
Erosion
Clusters of minute barnacles, Balanus venustus, on piling
Minute barnacles on washed-up log
A ghost crab pot and a close-up photo of two dead stone crabs
  
Portion of washed-up tree covered with oysters
A curled limb
Views of the south half of the Little River Inlet jetty. Not all of it is shown.
Water and rocks preventing inspection of jetty rocks
Close up of area indicated by star in left photo
The darkening sky as sunlight waned
  
Two dead stone crabs.
The large barnacle is Megabalanus coccopoma. Its size in comparison to native barnacles is documented by those in front of it -- Balanus venustus -- and those on it.
The aboral (L) and oral (R) sides of the first brittle star
The aboral side of the second brittle star
Arms of the second brittle star
Disks of two more brittle stars
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