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Monday, October 22, 2012

October walk on the beach

Sea Turtle Nesting season is over for another year.  But, the beach still has many interesting things to see during a walk.

Royal Sea Star.  
Beautiful purple color.  Best to take a picture then to take off the beach

What Is It?

Another type of Sea Star!

Surf Fishing   Popular in the fall

Small shark 

Caught and released

Fishing is good during the late summer and fall months.  A walk on any pier, one can see many different types of fish.  

Atlantic Spadefish

Flying Fish

Another recent walk on the Cherry Grove Pier,  just in time to see a Puffer Fish.  This fish was release and immediately deflated.

Biologists think pufferfish, also known as blowfish, developed their famous “inflatability” because their slow, somewhat clumsy swimming style makes them vulnerable to predators. In lieu of escape, pufferfish use their highly elastic stomachs and the ability to quickly ingest huge amounts of water (and even air when necessary) to turn themselves into a virtually inedible ball several times their normal size. Some species also have spines on their skin to make them even less palatable.  
  Source:  National Geographic      



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