Beach Creatures


Olive snail.
At low tide across some sand flats in Netarts Bay you may encounter meandering and crisscrossing trails of the beautiful little purple olive snail.
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Western sand dollar
The Western sand dollar Dendraster excemtricus, an Echinoderm and a close relative of sea urchins and more distantly of starfish, lives in dense beds in the quieter waters on the western side of Netarts Bay.
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Beach Hoppers or Sand Fleas
They are beach hoppers or sand fleas, small, highly mobile crustaceans that inhabit the wave-washed beaches between the Capes.
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Mole Crabs
The mole crab or sand crab, Emerita analoga, is one of the unmistakable characters of our spring and summer beach.
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