Stuff on the Beach

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.

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Close-up of jellyfish

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Sponge

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Common kelp

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Crab shell

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Bone from gull

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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.

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Mussels’ beard

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Scallop shell

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Shell eaten way by Boring Sponge – animal uses acid to dissolve these tunnels into shell.

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Gull feather

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Seaweed

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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.

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Propagule from native mangrove tree beginning to sprout

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Sea lettuce – a type of seaweed

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Common kelp – notice holdfast with which plant secures itself to sea bottom.

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Close-up of common kelp

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Shell – violet snail (?)

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Tiny mussels growing on rocks

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Neptune’s necklace – a type of seaweed

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Close-up of Neptune’s necklace

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Sea foam

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Sponge

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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.

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Dead seal pup

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Pine cone washed up amidst seaweed

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Egg capsules from maybe whelk on shell

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Seabird footprint

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Oystercatcher

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Red-billed gull

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Gull eating fish

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Lots of shells after storm

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Close-up of foam bubbles

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Red seaweed

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Close-up of holdfast from common kelp attached to a mussel shell

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Dead porcupine fish

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Spinifex – seed ball from native grass

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Fish skeleton

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Starfish – called sea stars by scientists, this one is a Spiny Star.

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Sandal

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Can

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Another can

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Decaying tennis ball amidst seaweed

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Pen

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Harness from surfboard

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Tire

 

All photos by the author.

References:

Crowe, A. (2004) The Life-Size Guide to theNew Zealand Beach. Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin Books.

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5 thoughts on “Stuff on the Beach

  1. A tire ???…. somethings are the same all over the world.. These pictures are very pretty and very exotic for us mountain folks !!! Nice work!!

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