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Sail Jellyfish
These were washed up in great numbers (>100) in some places.
Species: Velella velella (Sail Jellyfish, By-the-wind sailor)

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Eric Looking In Pools
Eric Looking In Pools
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Beach With Reflections
Beach With Reflections
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Knot Around Anchor
This is Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) that has been dislodged from the bottom (you can see the anchor in the lower right hand corner of the frame) and become knotted and then washed into shore. This plant is an annual - it dies every winter.
Species: Nereocystis luetkeana (Bull Kelp)

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Knotted Kelp
This is Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) - it dies every winter and washes up, or is eaten.
Species: Nereocystis luetkeana (Bull Kelp)

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Green Knot
The night before was a particularly high tide so things like kelp and old shoes were washed high up the beach.
Species: Nereocystis luetkeana (Bull Kelp)

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Rock Weed
Otherwise known as Fucus gardneri. This is one of the most common seaweeds, found mostly in the high tide areas.
Species: Fucus gardneri (Rock Weed)

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Mussels And Barnacles
Probably California Mussels (Mytilus californiensis), growing in with Leaf Barnacle (Pollicipes polymerus). These two spieces usually have large homogenous colonies - so it looks like the Mussels are overgrowing the Barnacle colony.
Species: Mytilus californianus (California mussel), Pollicipes polymerus (Goose Barnacle or Goose Neck Barnacle)

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Leaf Barnacle
Pollicipes polymerus, sometimes called goose barnacle or goose neck barnacle. These usually grow in clumps.
Species: Pollicipes polymerus (Goose Barnacle or Goose Neck Barnacle)

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Shield Limpet And Ribbed Limpet
When this rock is under water, all the limpets get up and walk around. The Shield Limpets (Lottia pelta) are the smooth round limpets. The Ribbed Limpets (Lottia digitalis) is the rougher cones, with radiating ribs.
Species: Lottia pelta (Shield Limpet), Lottia digitalis (Ribbed Limpet)

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Rock Margin
I love how the beach changes from bed rock to pebble beach in a sudden (and usually sculpted) transition.
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Ochre Star
Pisaster ochraceus - very common around here. I'm not sure what's going on with the joined area - it looks swollen or damaged.
Species: Pisaster ochraceus (Ochre Star)

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Purple Sea Urchins In Holes
Strongylocentrotus purpuratus erode the rocks to form the little depressions they occupy.
Species: Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purple Sea Urchin)

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Wave Crashing Over
Wave Crashing Over
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Wave Broken
Wave Broken
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