Seasons in the Sea - A month-by-month guide to Central California sea life

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Coastal estuary; Image credit: City of Mountain View

Coastal estuaries

in June

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Here are some of the topics that will be covered in this chapter. More text and images will eventually be added to this section. Thank you for your patience.

Estuary events in June:

  • Like the kelp beds, eel-grass beds expand in spring, supporting a seasonal community of animals, including worms, isopods, crabs, etc.
  • Ghost shrimps, yellow crabs, several types of worms spawn.
  • Shiner perch and black perch give birth, releasing young that eat isopods and other small crustaceans.
  • Moon snails lay eggs in "sand collars." Young moon snails hatch and feed on abundant green algae.
  • Bat rays give birth in the slough
  • Female leopard sharks leave the slough after giving birth in spring
  • Forster's terns lay eggs in Elkhorn Slough in early June.
  • Chicks of Caspian terns are already hatching in Elkhorn Slough.
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