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Scenes from the Beach | Sept. 4, 2016

The News & Observer 2012

In the months after Hurricane Katrina, we mentally inventoried the return of beach creatures, celebrating their restoration in time. We remember in particular the reappearance of large herons, small sand crabs, and even lug worms. However, there is still one missing species, the whelk, absent now for more than a decade. Whelks are marine snails with handsome shells marked by fetching whorls and helices. We still look for whelk egg cases along the shore, but seemingly in vain.

Diary, summer 2016

From the diary of beach walker George Thatcher,

email: fishcrow@aol.com. Collections of Mr. Thatcher’s observations are available from Quail Ridge Press, www.quailridge.com or 800-343-1583.