beach bum

I’m in Monterey today and went down to the beach with my high school friend Zhenya. I wish I had brought my camera, because the beach was full of life:

  • hundreds of little crab legs everywhere, and some dismembered crab thoraxes (thoraces, thoraxi?) here and there. It’s a bit creepy to have legs wash over your feet all the time
  • lots of little trilobite-like mollusks and shrimps, washed up and crushed
  • a flock of a thousand black birds which we couldn’t identify. They fly very low to the water and don’t dive in from the air to get their food; they swim around in the ocean like ducks and dive down.
  • these cute birds with long beaks that pecked at the wet sand and then skittered off as the waves came in. They were super-cute.
  • ladybugs desperately trying to escape the salt water waves, with limited success. I’m not sure why there were ladybugs on the beach at all, actually. Perhaps they were having a ladybug picnic.

The sun was warm and the ocean was cool. The beach rules.

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6 thoughts on “beach bum

  1. Ladybugs washed up on the beach in Santa Barbara CA last thursday, Feb 9. Anyone know why they were there? Thousands and thousands of them. At the beach? Anyone know anything about this? What beach were the ladybugs found on in the post above?

  2. There were thousands of ladybugs on the beach in Massachusetts today in West Isle!Was wondering why they were all there…

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