Whilst in Oregon a few years back I explored the seashores along the North West Pacific Coast, and found fascinating and varied forms of seashore creatures. I also visited the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center which is an excellent place to find out all about the region’s marine wildlife. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal to many inter-tidal creatures by providing a Touch Tank or simulated tide pool. It was fantastic to be able to photograph at close quarters many varieties of sea anemone which I had only been able to spot with difficulty in tide pools and surge gullies on the rocky shores themselves.
Here are some images of the large and colourful sea anemones (with other marine invertebrates) representative of the types that could be encountered locally in the wild.
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