What’s In the Tidepools? – February 2022
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Visitors and TPERPers alike have spotted many Globose Kelp Crabs exposed by some of the lower recent tides. They are generally identified by their large size, up to a foot in total diameter.
We believe this is a McDonald’s Dorid. The row of orange dots down the center of the back is one of its distingushing characteristics. Its range is mostly in Southern California.
A Blue & Gold Nudibranch, also known as a California Blue Dorid (Felimare californiensis), has bright colors warning other predators to stay away. Its main diet consists of sponges and is infrequently sighted in the tidepools.
The Spanish Shawl is a very colorful nudibranch known for its characteristic swimming motion in which it flexes in alternating U shapes.
The white corn like kernels are whelk eggs. In addition to the whelk eggs, yellow sponges can also be seen.
The Conspicuous Chiton rests during the day and comes out at night to find algae on the rocks. The small mouth conceals a serrated radula, which are similar to teeth. The radula contains magnetite which helps it to graze easily.