On Monday, I was excited to find more decorator worms at Eastern Beach. I decided to return by myself on Wednesday to get a closer look.
I got there about 3 hours before low tide and this was too early. I didn’t find many decorator worms – either above or below the tide point. Things improved once after an hour when the tide was around the .3m mark. I was able to get good views of the worms.
I wasn’t able to get the photos I wanted. The beach was crowded, so I tried to move away from people. I was also wearing a dress so had to crouch down. My bum still got wet.
I was able to observe more behaviour this time, like the worms throwing sand up. I did get a couple of photos when they had come further out of their hidey-hole. In some cases, the worms had an iridescent red tinge instead of a greeny/blue one. I think this is more due to lighting rather than being separate species.
The below photos show the branchie. They are the twirly brush looking things in the below two photos just above the tube. I’m glad I got more detail of the species. Unfortunately, I had a bus to catch so had to leave shortly after getting these photos.
🙂 I’m going to have to return to I can get even more photos – and get photos of interesting behaviour. Days like this make me love marine life even more.