couple days of consistent south winds, which move the bottom water up on our shore through a process called upwelling.
pipefish, hanging right in the surf zone. Pipefish are a relative of seahorses, both have their bodies armored in strong scales, a tubular mouth and an unusual form of reproduction where females lay eggs in a pouch that the male has, making them one for the few groups of animals where the males "give birth".
There were lots of other kinds of fish in the shallows as well, including this little flatfish. Likely a Hogchoker, this may also be a relatively rare Winter Flounder.
There were also large number of crabs in the shallows, making wading a bit dicier than usual. There were other fish in the shallows as well, silversides, clingfish and others, but I saw only a couple of dead silversides washed up. By the time we finished our walk, the hypoxia must have been dissipating. There were much fewer fish and crabs in the shallows.
The birds find these so called "crab jubilees" to be a good thing, because it brings a lot of fish up into the surface, for easy pickings. This eagle was fishing in the nearshore waters.
As was this Osprey.
Coming and going.