Sunday, December 27, 2009

LA River: Clams & Random Stuff Found

Photo: Diane Edwardson, December 22, 2009. LA River clam shells found just south of the Hyperion Bridge. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Considering the recent rains, the river was remarkably clean last week. The plastic bags trees were not in full bloom. For the first time, we spotted some clam shells near the Hyperion Bridge.

You always find random things in the riverbed. Perhaps the most random find we had occurred a few years back: a dead, partially eaten, 8" Piranha near the Fletcher Bridge. Piranha are definitely not a native species.

Last week's LA River sightings included live and dead carp, a dead 10" catfish, Great Blue Herons, egrets, a variety of ducks and water birds, geese, red tail hawks, a turkey vulture, a turtle, shopping carts, unopened condoms, a suspicious looking baggie of (most likely) drugs and a glow-in-the-dark vibrator.

Photo: Diane Edwardson, December 22, 2009. Clams found in the LA River. (Click on photo to enlarge.)