It's been a good few weeks for mollusks, with 59 species so far!!!!
An outstanding mollusk seen since the last blog post is the orange peel nudibranch, Tochuina tetraquetra:
|Orange peel nudibranch - Tochuina tetraquetra - Sitka, AK
|American three-toed woodpecker, Picoides dorsalis - Kruzof Island, AK
The day after the three-toed woodpecker, we saw hundreds of harbor porpoises. Usually if we see a lot of porpoises in Southeast, they are Dall's porpoises. Yes - the black dots in the background are also porpoises!
|Harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena - South of Kruzof Island, AK
There were also some good news in the tunicate side of things. So far I have seen 16 species of tunicates, including two species I hadn't found before (Styela yakutatensis and Didemnum albidum), and two specimens of this amazing parasitic flatworm inside the solitary ascidian Corella willmeriana (you can see its ventral surface through the tunic of the individual in the left side of the picture):
|Eurylepta leoparda, a parasitic flatworm in tunicates, inside Corella willmeriana. Jamestown Bay, Sitka, Alaska
|Platyheminthes, parasitic in ascidians, Eurylepta leoparda
|Rhytidiadelphus loreus - Sitka, Alaska
And thanks to Brooke, too, of course!