Invertebrates of Dolomite Narrows

Liam and Sea Star

Liam and Sea Star

The passengers on the schooner Passing Cloud  were treated to a close-up view of some of the invertebrates of Dolomite Narrows (click here for a map of the location). First Mate Liam went snorkeling, and brought up specimens, which were put into a bucket on the zodiac.

Sea Cucumber

Sea Cucumber

Tansy got up close to a purple slimy Sea Cumber…

 

Abalone, Bat Stars, Moon Snail

Purple-hinged Scallop, Bat Stars, Moon Snail

…was interested to see a Purple-hinged Scallop that might have been 75 years old, the blue and  the orange Bat Stars, and a Moon Snail.

Sea Stars and Moon Snail Eggs

Sea Stars and Moon Snail Eggs

She was amazed by spectacular Moon Snail Egg Mass, and found the variation in the shapes and colours of sea stars fascinating.

Field Guide

Field Guide

Once back in the Hitty cupboard,  Tansy was keen to tell her sisters about the  delightfully interesting Sea Stars. She studied the field guide so she could point out the ones she recognised.

Sea Star ID

Sea Star ID

She doesn’t remember seeing Cookie stars, or Arctic Cookie Stars…

Cookie Stars

Cookie Stars

…but she she felt it was important to encourage a love of wildlife, and did her best to provide a true-life Sea Star cooky experience for her eager audience.

Cookies

Cookies

 Opal and Agathe were very appreciative, though Tansy had the feeling she was “preaching to the already converted”.

 

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14 thoughts on “Invertebrates of Dolomite Narrows

  1. We have a feeling of being there too!!! Thank yoou sooooooo much for sharing Tansy!!! We learned a lot, once again. Hugs and love.

  2. These stories are intriguing. Seriously, absorbing. I had no idea how many kinds and colors of sea stars there are/were. Sort of puts me in mind of the cosmos…endless. I relish viewing, learning and even hearing about these adventures on the Passing Cloud. Thank you so much for sharing these with us. Just wondering how Grannie is handling not being a mate on the schooner??????
    Those adorable sea star cookies are amazing. They look scrumptious. What a great way to celebrate Tansy and their favorite photographer’s return home.

    • We are always happy to share the things that fascinate us…if you haven’t come across it already, we recommend looking at one of Tansy’s previous stellar encounters for more details about sea stars. To do so, click here:

      Gráinne is a little miffed, but doesn’t stay mad for long!

  3. Tansy has the BEST adventures! Love her jeans and flannel shirt. how clever to illustrate her lessons to the girls with those wonderful cookies.

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