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Beach Animals under the Sand

Sunset Beach, NC

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

   
Beaded or Marginated Sea Star, Astropecten articulatus -- under the sand and rinsed off
Most whelks surfacing make a mark like this or even fainter. This one probably was hit by a wave. They always have two characteristics: they are triangular and there is a hole a slight distance from the end where their siphon is. It is apparent in each of the photos below that a whelk is surfacing.
   
Two different Channeled Whelks, Busycotypus canaliculatus, surfacing
 
Channeled Whelk, Busycotypus canaliculatus, rinsed off
   

Knobbed Whelk, Busycon carica, surfacing and rinsed off
 

Whelks surfacing, probably Knobbed Whelks
 
Knobbed Whelk, Busycon carica, surfacing and rinsed off
Atlantic Giant Cockle, Dinocardium robustum, surfacing and rinsed off
   
Dinocardium robustum
Another Atlantic Giant Cockle, Dinocardium robustum, Cherry Grove Beach, SC, 9/1/2015
   
Two Lettered Olives, Oliva sayana, emerging
 
Another Lettered Olive, Oliva sayana, emerging
 
Lettered Olive, Oliva sayana, crawling and at home afterward during a photo shoot
 
Shark Eye, Neverita duplicata, crawling beneath sand before surfacing
 
Sand dollars, Mellita quinquiesperforata, surfacing
 
Sand dollars, Mellita quinquiesperforata, surfacing
 
Sand dollars, Mellita quinquiesperforata, crawling
 
Sand dollar, Mellita quinquiesperforata, crawling
 
Speckled Crab, Arenaeus cribrarius, emerging and above sand