The beach has been covered with seaweed and a wonderful collection of sea animals, most of them dead, but if I think they may be alive I toss them back in. Sea urchins of many varieties, starfish, small fish, all tumbled together out of the maelstrom of waves and onto the beach. For the first time I found a sea mouse Aphrodita australis. This is a polychaete, and I've read that the spines may be stingers but I had to pick it up to put it back in the water, and I didn't get stung. The photos show the top and underside of this weird little animal, which was about 4 inches long. The link is to the Sea Slug Forum, and this is NOT a sea slug. It just happened to be the best link I could find.
A real mixed bag
1 day ago