The western eye wall of Hurricane Matthew crept menacingly close to us here but most of the structural damage was limited to the docks and boathouses that line the Intracoastal Waterway. We're deeply grateful we were spared and sadly mindful that many, many others experienced much worse from Matthew's fury.
What appear to be rocks along Florida's east coast are actually living reefs built up over time by tiny marine bristle worms of the family Sabellariidae. The Sabellariid worms build protective tubes out of sand, ultimately forming large colonies that grow into mounding reefs. The reefs sometimes are exposed at low tide, creating tide pools and providing a habitat for a variety of other marine organisms. Please don't tread on the worms!