April 11, 2021 What you Might Find on the Beach!

We found this poor fella wriggling in the sand between rocks. I looked it up later and found out it’s a Pacific Lamprey Eel (not really an eel though). It’s spawning season now and the ocean living adults head upstream into fresh water to lay eggs, similar to salmon. The adult lamprey feed on the blood of fish, sharks and whales, attaching with a sucker like mouth filled with nasty looking ‘teeth’. They in turn are food for salmon, seals, sea lions and possibly bald eagles! Somebody got ahold of this guy, but didn’t finish him off! We left him (it) in peace.

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