Beach stuff after the storm on St. George Island
All kinds of interesting things show up on the beach after a storm. Here are some of the things I saw on St. George Island this morning...
A ton of sea cucumbers, I think they are young ones, about 2-3 inches in length, about the size of your thumb. There were tons of them.
I've seen them before after a storm with high surf like this - they show up on the beach for a couple of days after, tangled up in seaweed, and there never seems to be any predators dining on them - birds or crabs - I have to assume either they are not that tasty, or there are so many of them that the predators have already satiated themselves by the time I see the aftermath.
Next, a starfish that a crab did decide was tasty enough to set up shop next to.
It looks like someone artfully arranged this little tableau, but I assure you, this was how I found it. And how I left it - I can't begrudge the ghost crab his or her meal, after they obviously spent this much time getting their dining table all set up.
And finally, the ultimate scuba or snorkeling mask - this one has definitely belonged to the gulf for quite some time, but I guess she decided to go ahead give it up with the latest tall waves.
No, I did not try to take it home and clean it up...!