Netarts Bay, Oregon is located just west of Tillamook. This was the second year we met as a group there. Just like last year, we spent the night in a secluded family bayside cabin and hoped to get to the bay at low tide, which was around 6:30 AM, but we slept in and were about 2 hours late. No big thing-- at least there was enough light to take photos!
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Looking down on Netarts Bay from the town of Netarts. The tide is slowly coming in. There are nearly 500 harbor seals which make their home in this bay. Later, as we waded in the bay, we saw over 100 of them climb onto the sand bar in the distance to sleep.
Amy saying "Would you please put that camera down and help?"
Layn and Rachel
We found 2 of these, and I think they're a crustacean called a cumacean. One fell out of the mouth of a fish as we cleaned it. Tucked underneath is its slender abdomen.
Large shells were ideal for holding small organisms for photographs. This one contains a small seastar, crab, several sculpins (possibly fluffy sculpins Oligocottus snyderi), a penpoint gunnel Apodichthys flavidus, and a small clam.
Kelp crab Pugettia producta
Jay and moon snail Polinices lewisii. This is our largest intertidal snail. It is a pure carnivore and feeds by drilling holes in clams and sucking out their tissue.
Moon snail close-up
Shrimp and sculpins were especially numerous. This may be the tidepool sculpin Oligocottus maculosus.
Within 1-1/2 hours, all of the exposed intertidal areas in the first photo were covered with water, and boats were moving into the area. This productive and scenic bay is enjoyed by many people and we were glad to be among them.
We found an interesting invertebrate in our net which we hadn't seen before. It looked like a fish eye, because it was globe-shaped, about 2 cm in diameter and clear. Dan Logan casually mentined that it looked like a gooseberry, and it did. He speculated that it may be some type of Ctenophore (comb jelly). Back at the cabin, a review of the book Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast, by Eugene N. Kozloff, revealed that it was Pleurobrachia bachei, the "sea gooseberry". Once again Dan proved his genius to us all! We think we'll keep him.
We then went on to enjoy other activities like fishing and birdwatching. We angled at a nearby jetty and caught 4 species of fish: pile perch, kelp greenling, brown rockfish and Pacific staghorn sculpin.
Wayne and Rachel fishing at the jetty
shiner surfperch up close
Norm and brown rockfish
3 amigos holding one mighty big Pacific staghorn sculpin
We caught quite a few Dungeness crabs, too
Back at the cabin, Dan gave a demonstration on fish anatomy and aging fish with scales and otoliths. We enjoyed a delicious meal and a slide show and chatted until we were too tired to stay awake. The next day on our way home we enjoyed fresh ice cream at the nearby Tillamook cheese and ice cream factory and visited a salmon and trout hatchery. Then we headed home after our eventful weekend.