Here are some of the cool ocean creatures we found. . .
We think these are sea anemones
with barnacles on either side:
Here is a neat crab with a light-colored body and dark legs:
He blends in so well with his surroundings:
This is a starfish that at first we thought had died because we found him just lying there on the beach upside down, and he didn't seem to move when held. After a few minutes, though, while I was holding him I noticed a leg had started moving. We put him in the water, and I sure hope he lived. His orange color is so pretty!
Here is a hermit crab! At first sight it seemed to be a sea snail, but when it was picked up, we were surprised when a little creature poked his legs out! Wikpedia says, "Most frequently hermit crabs use the shells of sea snails; the tip of the hermit crab's abdomen is adapted to clasp strongly onto the columella of the snail shell. As the hermit crab grows in size, it has to find a larger shell and abandon the previous one. This habit of living in a second hand shell gives rise to the popular name "hermit crab", by analogy to a hermit who lives alone."
Below is a type of mollusk (in the class "Bivalvia"), but I'm not sure what exactly it is. If you know, please share! At first it looked very much like (very unusual) two-toned rock, so I bent down to pick it up, and the top part opened up! And then it closed and then opened it again! It was clearly not just a rock. ;)
And this last picture if of an interesting creature I haven't a clue as to what it is. If you know what it is, please let me know! :-)