along the beach in baja, I saw many little animals (and the remains of some others).
there were a lot of sea urchins in the tide pools that were visible when the tide went out daily at around 4pm:
tidepooling is one of my very favorite things to do
tiny hermit crab
mudskipper, waiting for the tide to come back in
there were flocks of the most wonderful pelicans
we saw many, many dead fish on the beach in various states of “undress.” I suspect many were caught by fisherman, filleted, and tossed overboard for the birds, who brought them to land. some looked as though they’d been cleaned by other fish and birds.
there were also many spiky pufferfish washed up on certain parts of the beach, though I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures. they were crazy looking! nothing seems to eat them (for obvious reasons) so their puffed, thorny bodies just sit in the sand and look all kinds of creepy.
this one looks like it should be in a cartoon.
perhaps a cousin of the above skeleton?
I like his fancy pectoral fin
the fish above was particularly odd looking, as its meat was all removed, skin still on. very buffalo bill. E tells me it is a type of sheephead. it had interesting pointy little teeth.
yes, I might be a weird nature dweeb. this is one of my hobbies. there was talk of whale sharks, killer whales, manta rays and sea lions, but unfortunately they were not visible from the beach. and in a way, thank goodness… because if I saw a whale shark I think I would just about die on the spot (due to, you know, magic and wonder, not fear. they don’t even have teeth!)