Little wave-smoothed fragments of inner earth.
I found this fascinating creature, a Nudibranch, also known as a "Naked-Gill Sea Slug," at the high tide line, a long way from the safety of its normal tide pool habitat. Simply put, they are snails without a shell. http://www.wetwebmedia.com/nudibran.htm They have no operculum, and their organs are exposed. In this photo, its head tentacles are visible; its "eye" is that worm-like protrusion on the top of its head.
After I had provoked it by touching it repeatedly (tsk-tsk), this Nudibranch started to burrow its head in the sand and curl into a ball -- of sorts. Its body is really smooth and soft, but here it is sprinkled with sand and surrounded by sea foam.
Gulls can be fickle sea birds. At times they are obstreperous, invasive and a downright nuisance. On other occasions when their "mood" eschews any human contact whatsoever, they will hit the sky if one approaches within 50 feet! Gulls will be gulls, I guess!
And now in my sunset seventies, Refugio is a place to refresh spiritually, to rejuvenate and energize. Strolling the beach, listening to the waves, breathing deeply of crisp ocean air, watching the sunset and photographing treasures the ocean coughs up is good enough. MORE than "good enough" when shared with special friends.