I've had a few interesting pix sent my way of late. Several fisher-folk trying to identify the stuff in the stomachs of various predatory fish. First shot is from a salmon caught off Stinson Beach... let's see how good you are at partially digested invertebrate i.d.
Now these little guys were eaten shortly before the fish was caught so it's kind of a no brainer on the i.d., (Crangon nigromaculata--black spotted bay shrimp) but the next photo is open to debate. (See below... be forewarned mom, these are a tad disgusting).
Anyway, these gruesome morsals were found in the stomach of a shore caught cabezon pulled from the ocean at low tide in the Halfmoon Bay area.
I mean to those who have eaten gaper clams the top one sure looks like a clam siphon doesn't it? Going with a fat innkeeper worm on the other one. Thing is, I usually associate these species with muddy bottom... and cabezon with rock. Open to opinions on this one.
Oh and by the way. Look at this gigantic smelt I caught the other day.