Thursday, June 29, 2017

Red silk

I'm back. With the holey seaweed I mentioned.

A thin red algae found floating in the sea foam. Red eyelet silk, Sparlingia pertusa,I think.

The blade was about a foot long, tapering to a short stipe attached to a small holdfast.

A miniscule snail (4 - 5 mm. long) somehow stayed attached in spite of my struggles to hold the seaweed flat in a howling wind.

This is one of the largest red algae in our area. It grows on rocky shores at the lower intertidal level and below, from Alaska to Oregon. This one was on the outer side of Oyster Bay.

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