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New Zealand: Cable Bay

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In the Cable Bay section of Doubtless Bay on February 13th I focused on the rocks and shells along the beach. In particular, I was intrigued by clusters of small black mussels that looked to me as if they could be pieces of obsidian.

I take the genus to be Xenostrobus, but if anyone knows for sure, please chime in. Here’s a closer look at a group of these mussels.

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March 27, 2017 at 5:10 AM

Snails again

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It’s been a while since I showed you the way snails climb plants in this part of the world, so here’s an example from McKinney Falls State Park on August 19th. The dingy cobwebs imply that these two snails, which were larger than the more-numerous little white ones I so often see, had been in this position for some time.

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September 10, 2015 at 5:20 AM

New Zealand: Barnacles

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Here are three consecutively closer views showing the barnacles I found so plentiful on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula’s Little Manly Beach on the morning of February 27th. The way they’d colonized the seaside rocks in that part of New Zealand reminds me now of the way stonecrop colonizes little areas of flat limestone in central Texas.

UPDATE: Thanks to Linda Leinen for pointing out that what I thought were mollusks are barnacles, which in spite of their shells turn out to be crustaceans. Who’d have expected that? Steve Gingold had mentioned barnacles in his comment but I’d mistakenly thought he was referring to the dark objects.

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July 22, 2015 at 5:24 AM

New Zealand: Small shells aplenty

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You’ve already seen several pictures from February 26th showing natural features along Little Manly Beach on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. On that late afternoon I’d worked until the declining light forced me stop, even though there was more to do. On February 27th, my last morning in New Zealand before having to head to the airport around noon, I walked back down to the beach at dawn and picked up where I’d left off. Here you see the chaos of little shells and rocks I found in one spot.

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July 18, 2015 at 5:12 AM

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