Yesterday, my family was in Corio. The little dude asked if we could go on an adventure, so I suggested Limeburners. I was recovering from a cold so was desperate to actually do something, however I still had no energy. Bad combo! 😛
When we got to the bay I saw that the tide was out. Yes! This means that we could look under rocks and walk along the low tide mark instead of walking all the way out to the lagoons. I’d love to walk out to the lagoons and show him cool stuff but I’d have to learn how to find it first 😉
Now, most of this stuff I have no idea how to ID. I’ve used my books to figure out some of the crustaceans but a lot of this is beyond my current knowledge. If you have any tips or suggestions, they’d be very much appreciated.
I think the above is a notched shore crab, which I’ve found along multiple points when walking around Corio Bay. I’m not 100% sure on ID. We found other crabs under rocks however they were small and I didn’t get the best photos of them.
I managed to ID the above as salinator fragilis using the $60 brilliant book on marine life I had bought. It has been so comprehensive and useful. I was so proud of myself as I’m starting to make IDs in new areas and it’s very challenging.
I think the above is a smooth pebble crab. I’m basing that on the roundness of the body. There was so many of them in the water as the tide was starting to creep back in. Some of them, I’m assuming they were males, were fighting with each other.
As the tide was coming in.
This adventure was a bit of a bludge as I was sick and didn’t really care what I see. I do have a list of stuff to try and identify later.
Then I was looking at the brochure for Wetlands Wanderings. I was taking photos, trying to document diversity, not knowing that there was resources out there that could guide me. That booklet has information on a rare butterfly that may be in the area, what small fish come close to shore. I’ll definitely be doing more research before my next visit.