Re: La Jennelle, Not likely pismos

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Posted by Andy S on February 28, 2006 at 20:07:31:

In Reply to: La Jennelle posted by David P on February 28, 2006 at 07:34:31:

At what depth did you see these castings? I’ve never heard of Pismo’s below 30 feet anywhere and not in the La Jenelle area from personal observation. Also, the casts (little mounds) made by Pismos' siphoning are not that well formed usually nor do they eject materials with enough force generally to account for what you saw. There are a lot of sand/mud crabs (Emerita analoga) in the areas with the pismos (less than 30 feet) but they don’t eject material nor do they generally make well formed mounds. They dig like crazy when disturbed and it looks more like a sand whirlpool. I have seen mounds similar to what you describe and just figured they were the ejecta of some burrowing invertebrate but have never tried to dig down to see what was underneath.

La Jenelle is pronounced “La Je-Nell” by Pat Smith, co-author of “Shipwrecks of Southern California” and by the staff at the little local museum right there by the entry to Port Hueneme. More about La Jenelle at http://www.cawreckdivers.org/Wrecks/La%20Janell.htm (they got the name on their “header” – spelled it with an “a”)

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