Tag Archives: Ocean Life

PURPLE DWARF OLIVE SHELLS

LIVING PURPLE DWARF OLIVE SHELLS IN PROTECTED SAN DIEGO TIDE POOLS – These shells are beautifully illustrated in my book “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”, which you can purchase direct from my Etsy Shop 

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BEAN CLAMS WASHED UP ONTO THE BEACH LOOK LIKE BUTTERFLIES!

BEAN CLAMS  – donax gouldii – recently washed up by the thousands on San Diego beaches.  These tiny shells are about the size of your thumbnail and often remain hinged when they wash up.  Their patterns are all different and the shell interiors are gorgeous. These tiny shells that move along the beach with the tides are sometimes referred to as “the dance of the coquina”.  I just love these little shells!  

Watercolor illustrations of these Bean Clams can be found in my book “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”.

Sea Lion Pups in La Jolla, California

There are now 12 sea lion pups in La Jolla, California.  These pups are only a few weeks old!  Sea lion mothers nurse their pups for one year.  Mother’s must leave their pups alone for periods of time to go out to catch fish so they can produce breast milk to feed their pup.  These marine mammals are federally protected.  Remember to stay back 50 feet to respectfully observe them.  These are wild marine mammals and no matter how cute they look, they can bite!