Tasmania: Beechford & Bell Buoy Beach Edition.

So it's been a hot minute since I've been back from the other side of the world, and I'm still slowly, sloooowly going through photos. Part of me thinks that if I don't process them, it'll mean the trip isn't over. But it's also really nice to relive moments during editing, and some of the most enjoyable and distinct experiences I had in Tasmania occurred when I drove with Zack and Dr. Wright all around coastal Tasmania.

Of the eight or nine beaches Zack frequented during the fieldwork process, we went to Beechford and Bell Buoy Beach the most. The rocky landscape was ideal for both hormosira banksii (kelp) and petrolisthes galathinus (invasive NZ crab) sampling. But it wasn't just kelp and crabs on these Tasmanian beaches. I came across several cool critters that I'd never seen before.

Check'em out.  

Little worlds: 

This dude is an elephant snail. They wear funny shell hats and are generally pretty darn cute.  

This dude is an elephant snail. They wear funny shell hats and are generally pretty darn cute.  

The cool patterns on this rock are from the tubes of serpulid worms. Neato, yeah?

The cool patterns on this rock are from the tubes of serpulid worms. Neato, yeah?

Sneaky camouflaged decorator crab. 

Sneaky camouflaged decorator crab. 

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hormosira on hormosira on hormosira

hormosira on hormosira on hormosira

Goin' home. 

Goin' home. 

Taken on the ride back from Beechford. The beaches aren't the only beautiful parts of Tassie, as you'll see on the next blog post....

Taken on the ride back from Beechford. The beaches aren't the only beautiful parts of Tassie, as you'll see on the next blog post....