God's Own Worm
Phyllodoce violacea, God's Own Worm.
Collected on the reef crest at Tangke Beach, Saipan by NMC students on a reef lab.
Gemma gemma, an invasive clam, at Crab Cove, Alameda. These are the intermediate hosts of parasites of the (also invasive) Green Crabs. These are apparently full grown. A long windrow along the beach at Crab Cove on
El Nino brought them North
In the press in Alameda, they were reported as "Purple Blobs." These sea hare were photographed at the boathouse near Encinal High School on Alameda, along with the egg mass, below, looking like spaghetti.
In Chuuk, we ate egg masses of other large ophistobranchs, though I cannot attest to the safety of these.