Here are some photos of some of the stuff you see laying on the beach in New Zealand. Often the most interesting stuff washes up after storms. I did previous blog posts specifically on seashells and on seaweed. I apologize for the quality of some of the photos.
Close-up of jellyfish
Bone from gull
Mussel’s beard – a type of sea fir that grows like a beard on living mussel shells. Actually a community of tiny animals much like sea anemones.
Shell eaten way by Boring Sponge – animal uses acid to dissolve these tunnels into shell.
Propagules – these are tiny seedlings produced by native mangrove tree which fall off tree and float in tide and land on beach to find new places to grow.
Propagule from native mangrove tree beginning to sprout
Sea lettuce – a type of seaweed
Common kelp – notice holdfast with which plant secures itself to sea bottom.
Close-up of common kelp
Shell – violet snail (?)
Tiny mussels growing on rocks
Neptune’s necklace – a type of seaweed
Close-up of Neptune’s necklace
Portuguese Man-O’-War – technically not a jellyfish but what is called a bluebottle. Main gas bottle, which floats and is used as a sail, is only 6-7 cm long but tentacles can be several meters long and sting.
Dead seal pup
Pine cone washed up amidst seaweed
Egg capsules from maybe whelk on shell
Gull eating fish
Lots of shells after storm
Close-up of foam bubbles
Close-up of holdfast from common kelp attached to a mussel shell
Dead porcupine fish
Spinifex – seed ball from native grass
Starfish – called sea stars by scientists, this one is a Spiny Star.
Decaying tennis ball amidst seaweed
Harness from surfboard
All photos by the author.
Crowe, A. (2004) The Life-Size Guide to theNew Zealand Beach. Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin Books.