Sunday, May 25, 2008

Beachcombing finds at Cottesloe - Barnacles

The most interesting find I had at the beach today was a dead tree trunk covered in barnacles.

The fact that the whole thing was covered in barnacles gave me a creepy feeling. But it was also the first time I saw these barnacles - goose barnacles .

The ones I have seen before were mostly rock barnacles. Unlike those rock barnacles, goose barnacles live in the open sea attached to floating objects. And goose barnacles have stalks. The rock barnacles don't.

I think it was the worm-like stalks that gave me the creeps. I never like worms. And their cirri (segmented legs) don't look pretty either.

And I saw the dead skeleton of a Ram's horn shell, which became the home of some barnacles.

There were lots of cuttle bones on the shore; this one became home to some barnacles. Now that the cuttle bone was washed ashore, I wonder how long will it be before the barnacles dry up in the sun and die.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Beachcombing finds at Cottesloe

I took these photos at the South Cottesloe beach this morning. Soft and squishy animals! And they don't look like something you will want to have for dinner.

Beautiful color patterns. It was soft and fleshy. No idea what it's called.

Sea squirt.
You can see the two 'holes' which let water in and out of the animal.

Sea sponge.
This one still retained some coloration. Most dead sponges I found were just light brown in color.

Sea tulips. Don't they looks like some creatures form outer space!

Sea sponge? No idea what it was.
But it had all these holes over its body. When I poked it with a stick, water squirted out of the holes.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Back to beachcombing

Last Sunday wasn't a good day for snorkeling either. So I just took a walk on the Cottesloe Beach and beach combed for some surprises.

In front of the teahouse, the surfers were having a good time but I didn't see anyone swimming.

South Cottesloe Beach - strong waves.

South Cottesloe Beach - surfers were having fun.

I saw this sea tulip which was washed ashore. Doesn't it look like something from the 'Alien' movies?

The skeleton of a sea sponge

Blue bottles! Or Portugese man-o-war. This is the first time I saw one. I know they are capable of giving extremely painful stings. Some books say that you should avoid touching even the ones washed ashore. They can still sting!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

No, I haven't stopped blogging!

I know I don't put up new posts as frequently anymore. The main reason for this is that I haven't been able to take any good photos due to unfavorable water conditions. But I haven't stopped blogging, that's for sure. I guess it is time I checked my photo collection for any nice photos that I still haven't shown you.

A big school of woodward's pomfrets that I spotted near the Cottesloe groyne around mid-April.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Haven't seen much for two weeks...

For two weekends, I didn't see much when I snorkeled at Cottesloe. The water conditions were simply no good. That's why you haven't seen much 'action' in this blog lately.

Maybe I should go to the Marmion Marine Park next week. With some luck, I may be able to see some reef animals, e.g. sea stars.

This morning I had a good swim at Cottesloe anyway. Just me and my swimming goggles - no snorkeling mask, no fins. I haven't done that for a really long time!