Spent the weekend in Lincoln City, Oregon with my nieces, sisters, mom and aunt. A good time was had by all.
We walked on the beach, shopped at the outlet mall in town, ate some good food at “Moes” and great ice cream at Coldstone Creamery.
We had a view of the tidal pools and the ocean. The weather was cold. For the most part it rained and the wind blew at night, leaving us cool, fairly dry weather during the days. That’s pretty good for November at the coast. High tide. Low tide. The seagull we nicknamed JL. (Jonathan Livingston Seagull). Danette almost had him eating out of her hand. We asked, ” What are you doing?” She makes jewelery and was looking for agates. Sea anenomes are a group of water-dwelling predetory animals. The mouth, also the anus of the sea anemone, is in the middle of the oral disc surrounded by tentacles armed with many cnidocytes, which are cells that function as a defense and as a means to capture prey. Sea anemones are related to corals and jellyfish. They eat small fish and shrimp. Their venom is a mix of toxins, including neurotoxins, that paralyzes the prey so the anemone can move it to the mouth for digestion inside the gastrovascular cavity. Looking back at our home for the weekend. Ours is the one in the middle with the long narrow deck. Starfish, anenome, and barnacles. There are about 1,500 living species of “Starfish” or “Sea Stars” in the world’s oceans, living between the intertidal zone, like the ones pictured here, and to an abyssal depth of 20,000 feet below sea level. Starfish have tube feet operated by a hydraulic system and a mouth at the center oral or lower surface. They are opportunistic feeders mostly predators on benthic invertebrates. Have you ever wanted to pet a starfish?