The beach was yellow sand, but at the water's edge a rubble of shell and algae took its place. Fiddler crabs bubbled and spattered in their holes in the sand, and in the shallows little lobsters popped in and out of their tiny holes in the rubble and sand.
The sea bottom was rich with crawling and swimming and growing things.
The brown algae waved in the gentle currents and the green eel grass swayed and little sea horses clung to its stems.
Spotted botete, the poison fish, lay on the bottom of the eel grass beds, and the bright-colored swimming crabs scampered over them.
- The Pearl, John Steinbeck
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