Friday, April 14, 2006

Sandspit Critters

This is not a poop. It's a colony of tunicates...little filter feeding relatives of yours. You can see them squirting in response to my picking them up.

I took the above picture of a razor clam for Hoss at Old Horsetail Snake. His razor clams must get bigger than ours.

Crown conchs mating in the shallows...kind of "From Here To Eternity" sort of beach romp.
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Zanne said...

So WONDERFUL to know that an untouched/undeveloped part of the gulf coastline still exists. It is, I believe, far enough away from the land of oz to protect it, for now. I feel bad that I missed a visit when I was there last year. I'd gotten a late start leaving Oz-lando driving north visiting small towns along the way. Got to Crystal River to view the archaeological location there - HA HA ... asked locals where it was and they didn't even know it existed! Drove north and had to make a decision - go west to Cedar Key or drive east to Cross Creek for the last tour of the day. Cross Creek won out. I seem to remember turning east at Gulf Hammock to take side roads towards Gainesville. Turned down a road and it became immediately apparent it was a bad choice. Didn't belong there....backtrack and head further south and then over. Next time Cedar Key.

Floridacracker said...

Gulf Hammock is my backyard...was that you looking indecisive that I passed? :)

You can't go wrong with a "Cedar Key or Cross Creek?" dilemma. It's a win win situation.

Juli said...

FC, I agree with you, there's no losing in the choices Zanne considered. Now about the conch porn....

Floridacracker said...

I know...I was thinking of "Mollusks Gone Wild" as a caption.

Laura said...

I would have enjoyed this expedition as well.
I've seen the tunicates before, but had no idea what it was. I've never picked them up, either. Very interesting!

Did you bring home blue crabs for dinner?

Floridacracker said...

That was the only eating size crab I encountered and I let her be. Well, I antagonized her a little with my hat, but no harm was done...this time.