Greg Jensen wrote:Amazing shots! The greenling is trying to swallow him 'against the grain'-fins and spines make it very difficult for the predator unless it has a huge size advantage- so this could go either way. I suspect the greenling will have to spit him out to reposition at some point, and it will depend on whether he's beaten the sculpin senseless enough by then.
LCF wrote:Jan, those are photo contest material, for sure. Not only did you catch something unusual, but the expression on the sculpin's face, with his little pectoral fins spread wide, really captures the drama of it.
LCF wrote:We have seen those brittle stars in Southern California, in such enormous masses that it appears the entire surface is covered in multicolored shag carpeting. We saw some smaller aggregations in Monterey, as well, on kelp holdfasts. I've never seen them in numbers that way around here, though.
LCF wrote:I love those sponges -- I find them fascinating. I've seen them at Waterman's Wall and Davidson Rock; like most sponges, it seems that they show up a little deeper at those sites. But Deception Pass isn't deep, is it?
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