Thursday, July 6, 2017

It's ALIVE!... The Sand Dollar and the Hitchhiker...

Dateline: Wednesday, July 5, 2017.  Mid day... along Santa Monica South on a low tide, I found a sand dollar, a type of sea urchin(see below).

note: the small shell in the photo immediately below at the bottom right...

the other side of the sand dollar, below, fyi...

I washed it in the sink thereafter and placed it on the passenger seat in my car where it sat for the next couple of hours. When I returned to my car around 6 pm and was driving I noticed something out of my peripheral vision... something was moving in my passenger seat!...  A tiny organism (aka, hitchhiker) in the tiny shell attached to the sand dollar was peeking out, back and forth..... (see below).

Below, the tiny organism can be seen below at the top of the shell, it is colored pale yellow...

In addition, I shot this short video showing the hitchhiker moving up and down in the shell!...

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The Ghost In The Shell On The Sand Dollar: The Video

Not wanting to drive back to the beach and since I was close to an aquarium store in Santa Monica, I went by there and offered it up to the store owner who then placed it in a salt water aquarium in his shop (see photos and video below).

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In The Salt Water Aquarium: The Video


x-ref:  Sand Dollar; Wikipedia



Until next time.....

"County Recurrent" News

(All photos and videos by & Copyright Will Maguire 2017.)

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