Fat Innkeeper Worms on local beaches

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Fat Inkeeper Worms usually live in burrows in the mud in Elkhorn Slough but they were recently spotted on local beaches.

Our researchers confirmed that this seems to happen every few years, always after really strong king
tides.  “They show up on area beaches.  Our best guess is that there are erosional events that collapse innkeeper burrows and sweep them out to sea.”

For more about these events check out this article from the Sanctuary:

http://www.sanctuarysimon.org/monterey/sections/other/sporadic_inkeeperworm.php

 

Thanks to Christina Salvin for sending in these pictures.