|Invertebrate life still sparse|
Posted by Merry on October 24, 2016 at 08:04:18:|
Our local reefs remain largely covered in a kind of brown debris, and we're still not seeing the typical lush carpet of invertebrate life. Perhaps this is fallout from a couple years of abnormally warm water along the Pacific coast, which had a dramatic effect on the food chain. Water temperature also fueled long-lasting algal blooms, some of which were toxic. There's a good article about the this in the Sept. issue of National Geographic titled "Heat Wave". Whatever the cause, or if this is just a normal periodic cycle, we're hoping for a rebound soon.
Photos from Haggerty's Crane, Kevin's Reef, and the barge.
A couple of new-to-me sea stars:
Fat blood star, Henricia sanguinolenta
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