Marine Animals

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

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This is a mere sampling of animals found on Sunset Beach. Additional photos are on numerous other webpages on this website.


Sand Dollar
Brown Finger Sponge
Sea Star, Astropectin articulatus
Forbes Sea Star, Asterias forbesii
Sea Star, Luidia Cathrata
Hairy Sea Cucumber, Sclerodactyla briareus
Hairy Sea Cucumber, Sclerodactyla briareus
Portuguese Man-o-War, Physalia physalis
Cannonball Jellyfish, Stomolophus meleagris. live
Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia aurita
Australian Spotted Jellyfish, Phyllorhiza punctata, an invasive, nonindigenous species
Sea Whip, Leptogorgia virgulata, soft coral, covered with polyps
Sea Pansy, Renilla reniformis, soft coral
Warty Sea Anemone, Bunodosoma cavernata
Sea onion anemone, Paranthus rapiformis
Octopi, Octopus vulgaris
Sea Hare, Aplysia
Sea Squirts
Colonial tunicate, Eudistoma hepaticum, sea liver
Colonial Tunicate, Aplidium stellatum, sea pork
Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus
Ghost Crab, Ocypode quadrata
Iridescent swimming crab, Portunus gibbesii
Horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus
Speckled Crab, Arenaeus cribrarius
Spider Crab
Lettered Olive, Oliva sayana
Knobbed Whelk, Busycon carica, live
Channeled Whelks, Busycon canaliculatum, live
Smooth Dogfish Shark, Mustelus canis
Roughback Stingray, Dasyatis centroura
Drum of some sort, perhaps Spot or Croaker, stranded in a tide pool after the water seeped out
American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis
Bottlenose Dolphin