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The spiny pink scallop is ready for sweater weather
This particular scallop is known for its bright color and the prominent spines that adorn the ribs running down its shell.
The striped nudibranch: Don’t mess with this ferocious sea slug!
Nudibranchs, or sea slugs, are the elegant, marine-dwelling cousins of the slimy brown slugs you find in your garden.
Celebrate Pride! The ornate tube worm sports all the colors of the rainbow
Our benthic taxonomists share details on critters in sediment habitats, including life history, and the role each critter plays in the community. This month's focus is the Ornate Tube Worm.
Moss animals: Animals in plant disguises!
Bryozoans take on many different growth forms that provide habitat and shelter for juvenile fish and invertebrates. Some resemble fans or lace, while others appear more geometric.
My heart will go on: the humble heart cockle lives long and prospers
The heart cockle is a bivalve named for its heart-shaped profile. They are the largest cockles on the west coast, reaching almost 6 inches in length.
The dove snails bring peace and good shell to all
Dove snails don't look much like their avian namesake – except for the teardrop shape of their shells.
Bad to the bone: The skeleton shrimps are drop-dead cool
If you can put aside their alien appearance, skeleton shrimp are fascinating creatures.
Think pink: bloodworms rule the beaches of South Sound
Bloodworms are a type of polychaete, or marine segmented worm, in the family Glyceridae.
The "unicorn" shrimp is pure magic
Nebalia pugettensis is a tiny crustacean that lives on the sea floor, with a horn-like rostrum and leg-like appendages that function as lungs.
The brittle stars embody nature's fragility...and resilience
The brittle stars truly are in a class all their own.