of the north end of Brigantine Island, New Jersey is a natural
area, part of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. I often
enjoy walking along the beach there. One fall morning at low tide I came upon
this colony of tiny shellfish in a pool left by the receding
water. I had often watched the Sanderlings and Dunlins feeding in
these pools but had never before seen the
shells under water, each of them
less than half an inch long.