Another close in photo with the Nikon 18-300 at 300mm. This time Sand Fleas feeding on the dead kelp that had been pushed up the beach by the last high tide. Anywhere there was rotting kelp there was also Sand Fleas feeding on it, the entire length of beach. Ew gross! (as my daughter says...)
Actually Sand Flea aren't fleas at all, they are crustaceans (think really small Lobsters) and they depend on kelp for food and as a place to lay their eggs. If you get close enough to them they catapult themselves like fleas in every direction!