July 8, 2017

Colorful kaleidoscope of marine life in Homer tidepools

A northern sea nettle in October on Bishop’s Beach in Homer. (Clark Fair)

At times, we struggled to move in any direction without killing something.

Barnacles and tiny mussels beneath limp flags of bull kelp crunched under our feet. Dark-ringed burrowing anemones, at times blending with ripples in the wet sand, also succumbed to our plodding. When we placed our hands on seaweed-draped boulders for balance, we pressed plate limpets, black leather chitons and other tiny invertebrates tucked beneath the green fronds.

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