This is a lion’s mane nudibranch (Melibe leonina) that JBug found washed up in front of the house. It was really difficult to get a good picture because it is mostly clear, but if you look closely (near the clamshell on the left) you can see the fringe of sensory tentacles on the oral hood, which it throws out like a cast net to catch it’s prey. Pretty cool, I think. Better pictures here:Ketchikan Photos.
Hope everyone is doing well. For some reason we have been stuck on arthropods for awhile, but are moving on to echinoderms this week. Superboy is learning so much by volunteering at the Sitka Sound Science Center aquarium and hatchery that our lessons at home seem almost superfluous!