Today was full of beautiful marine inverts and microscopy! Morgan and I examined the California mussel, Mytilus californianus, and the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas (below). Using our advanced tools we gained access to what laid between the shells (see below).
Later we also examined prepped slides of abalone and observed this sweet design of nature (the radula epithelial tissue), which constantly deposits new layers to the radula, the molluscan feeding structure.
I leave you with one last beautiful specimen we examined today, from another Phylum, the Pacific blood star, Henricia leviuscula. Stunning!