We went to Ocean Shores when the smoke from the wild fires in British Columbia rolled into Washington State. The smoke was covering the sky at Ocean Shores as well, but the air quality seemed a lot better than where we live. We camped at Quinault Marina & RV Park, and walked all the way to Damon Point. There were many gulls swarming to cating herrings. At the tip of the Damon Point, Bob spotted a large whale swimming back and forward among the gulls. To my regret, I left my camera in the RV, and couldn’t take any pictures! (The last time I was there in late fall, I carried my camera for the walk, but didn’t take any pictures, so I didn’t expect to see anything in particular.)
The following day, we went for the walk at the North Jetty beach.
The waves were not as rough this time. Surf riders were not there, but there were a lot of Gulls and crab shells on the beach.
I panicked when I saw this, so I googled, and found out that it is a natural process called molt.
Scientists call it crab exuvia.
“It can look like a major disaster occurred to the crab population, but it’s as natural as kids outgrowing their old shoes,” ODFW said.