PHOTOS: See more of what low-low tides revealed along West Seattle’s shore

Tomorrow is the final day this month with a low-low tide beyond -3 feet, expanding the walkable stretches of West Seattle’s shores. Tonight we have more photos to share – above, from Jerry Simmons; below, from Theresa Arbow-O’Connor:

And Rosalie Miller shared more photos of the wildlife on view – in order below are an Orange Sea Cucumber,
Dorid Nudibranch, Purple Star and Painted Anemone, and a close-up of the star:

If you remember the Sea Star die-off last decade, it’s heartening to see them. Michael Ostrogorsky included this photo from beneath the Fauntleroy ferry dock in the comment section following our previous coverage:

Thursday’s low-low tide is -3.4 feet at 2:02 pm.

7 Replies to "PHOTOS: See more of what low-low tides revealed along West Seattle's shore"

  • sam-c May 19, 2022 (8:47 am)

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing the photos.    

  • Jeff May 19, 2022 (11:38 am)

    Hi, I found this yesterday at low low tide near the waters edge by the lighthouse, didn’t do any research, curious if anyone knows what type of crustacean shell it is?

    • funk May 19, 2022 (4:30 pm)

      not a crustacean but a mollusk

    • WS Res May 19, 2022 (5:23 pm)

      Some kind of conch I should think? or whelk?  Gastropod.

  • Jeff May 19, 2022 (7:10 pm)

    Interesting, I’ve never seen one like it on a NW beach, it was at least 8 or 9 inches long. Thanks for the response’s 

    • Patrick H May 20, 2022 (8:11 am)

      Hi Jeff, while we have lots of smaller whelk species in Puget Sound, none of then get quite that large. In addition, the nubs on the point of the shell are more commonly characteristic of species that are found in the tropics. I would guess that someone was purging the shell collection from their home and decided to toss this on the beach.

  • Leo Shaw May 20, 2022 (7:00 am)

    Does look like tropical Conch shell……we do have a couple of local eateries that serve Conch Fritters but I would assume that meat would be removed from the shell before shipping here.   So maybe we should all just blame it on global warming.  😆

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