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Dead Mans Fingers
This is one of my favorites - I only found it growing on one rock. Also called Sea sacks, or Halosaccion glandiforme.
Species: Halosaccion glandiforme (Sea Sacs)

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Short Sea Lettuce
Prasiola something. I found this plant growing at the highest limits of the tide, often near fresh water.
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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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Waves Of Grass
Waves Of Grass
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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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Aggregate Green Anemone
Mostly closed and hiding.
Species: Anthopleura elegantissima (Aggregating Anemone, Clonal Anemone)

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Black Turbans
Tegula funebralis. Apparently, they can live to be 80 years old.
Species: Tegula funebralis (Black Tegula, Black Turbans)

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Three Closed Anemones
These aggregating anemone (Anthopleura elegantissima) have picked up bits of sand and shell. If they were out of the water, that junk may help prevent them from drying out, and offer some protection from the sun.
Species: Anthopleura elegantissima (Aggregating Anemone, Clonal Anemone)

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Two Types Of Chitons
The Larger Chiton is a Black Katy Chiton - Katharina tunicata. They were very common on in the mid and low tide regions. The smaller Chiton is a Lined Chiton - Tonicella lineata, and is apparently eaten by ochre stars.
Species: Katharina tunicata (Black Katy Chiton), Tonicella lineata (Lined Chiton)

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Chiton Under Kelp
This Chiton is a Black Katy Chiton - Katharina tunicata. The kelp is probably a Laminaria something, but there isn't enough information to make a solid identification.
Species: Katharina tunicata (Black Katy Chiton)

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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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Feather Boa Floats
Feather Boa Floats
Species: Egregia menziesii (Feather Boa)

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Feather Boa
Feather Boa
Species: Egregia menziesii (Feather Boa)

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Wave Crashing Over
Wave Crashing Over
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Wave Broken
Wave Broken
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Big And Little Anemones
From what I understand, adjacent Anemones are probably clones - they would sting each other if they weren't the same animal. The purple ends are the stinging areas. Anthopleura elegantissima.
Species: Anthopleura elegantissima (Aggregating Anemone, Clonal Anemone)

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