Coast Walk 10: Otter Cove (East Side) May 11-20, 2015
Top to bottom, left to right:
1st row: Fucus sp. covered with bryozoan colony (Membranipora membranacea), driftwood, aluminum Schlitz can top
2nd row: Fucus sp. with Spirorbis borealis, aluminum can top, Horse Mussel (Modiolus modiolus) with Barnacles (Semibalanus balanoides), Green Crab (Carcinus maenas), Jonah Crab (Cancer borealis), Slipper Shell (Crepidula fornicata)
3rd row: wax covering for Baby Bel cheese (or similar), Slipper Shell, Smooth Periwinkles (Littorina obtusata), Horse Mussel with Coralline (Corallina officinalis), Common Periwinkles (Littorina littorea), aluminum can top, Common Periwinkles
4th row: Kelp holdfast, sea glass, mashed fish skeleton, Horse Mussel with Barnacles and Coralline
5th row: aluminum can top, Northern Toothed Polypore tree mushroom (Climacodon septentrionalis), Common Periwinkles, Horse Mussel with Coralline, brick fragment, coal fragments
Points of interest:
-It takes a long time for an aluminum can to degrade – those beer and soda can tops have been in the ocean for about 25 years.
-That weird yellowish thing in the 2nd column from the right is a fish skull. I only know this because if you look very closely at it you can see half a jaw with tiny teeth. I’ve no idea how it ended up so thoroughly flattened and dried out. It looks like Godzilla stepped on it.
-These are some of the biggest barnacles I have seen in Maine!
-There’s a first time for everything, and this was the first tree mushroom I’ve found on a beach. It took a long time to dry out.