My first day there, Patricia and I went and picked up her daughter, my "niece," Michaela and her fiance, Paxton. We went to the Cove at the south end of Seaside, OR to see the thousands of valella that had washed up on the beach. Valella is a type of jellyfish. They float on the surface of the ocean and have a little sail that catches the wind to propel them along. They travel in huge colonies and if seen from above, resemble an oil spill because of their purpley-blue coloration. There had been a huge change in the wind and so thousands and thousands of them had washed up on the beach. It smelled pretty bad. To me, the dead valella looked like super thinly sliced red onions.
|the dead valella|
|seagulls on a dead tree|
|same seagulls, different angle|
|a bird's skull, probably a seagull|
|driving up to the Cove|
|dead valella on the rocks|
Then we dropped Paxton off because he wasn't feeling well and us girls went to the Seaside Aquarium.
|you can buy little cut up fish for $1 to feed the seals with. they|
"beg" for more fish by slapping the water
|this is a lobster molt, not a dead lobster|
|this fish is called the "tsunami fish" because it traveled over 4000|
miles, sheltered by a Japanese fishing boat during the 2011 tsunami
and then crossed the Pacific ocean and wound up on our coast.
|this snail is laying eggs|
|I "think" these are squid eggs, but I can't remember|
|a large shrimp, sorry it's hard to see|
|this is Victor, he was a 25+ lb lobster. he died after he was |
stolen from the Seaside Aquarium, but his dead body was
returned and they preserved him for display
Tuesday, Patricia and I did some local shopping in Seaside. I didn't buy anything, but I did find this really cute stuffed crab that looks really sad.
Wednedsay morning, Patricia had to do some work (her and her husband own their own mobile detailing business, so while she can take time off to spend with me, sometimes she has to help him do a job), which was fine because I wanted to go and do my first ever beach run!!! I decided that 4 miles was a good distance since I had never run on sand before and therefore didn't really know what to expect. I ran in the sand that had been under water when the tide was high earlier in the morning, so it was fairly easy to run on. The portion of the beach where I ran was barely over 2 miles wide, so once down and back on the beach was the 4 miles I had wanted to do. Something amazing happened on this run...I SAW A BALD EAGLE!!!! I've been in the same vicinity as a bald eagle multiple times when I was younger, but I have never been this close to one. I was seriously less than 50 feet away from this majestic creature.