Tillicum Beach in September

Here are my beach-finds for today:

Pacific Fission Worm Rock
Pacific Fission Worm Rock

When I saw this on the beach I immediately thought “coral”.  But I know that coral only lives in warm water.  The ocean stays a pretty consistent 50F year-round.  That ain’t “warm”.

So I thought I’d better do some research before embarrassing myself by saying this must have come over with the Japanese Tsunami.  I found some references to the Pacific Fission Worm and the rocks they create.  That HAS to be what this is.  Interesting…this is like a family descendancy chart of one sea worm 🙂

BTW: I used muriatic acid to verify the “rock” is made of calcium carbonate.

Tillicum Coyote - on the beach
Tillicum Coyote – on the beach

Ah Ha!  I caught Wylie!  We’ve had reports of a coyote on Tillicum Beach for a week or two.  I went out around 7am this morning and finally saw him.  One camper said he “saw a fox on the beach” and he said, “I’m sure it was a fox because I have them all around where I live”.  But, when I told him about the coyote sightings, he acknowledged that “he was awful big for a fox.”

Tillicum Coyote - shying away
Tillicum Coyote – shying away

One woman reported that “a coyote was chasing her small dogs and a man helped chase him away” while she got her dogs back on the leash.  There were no dogs around this morning and he started walking back up to the bluff as I got closer to him.  He looks healthy.  I wonder how many small dogs he eats a day? :-}

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