The last time I visited Rock Bay, there was nobody there, not even a caretaker. This time, though, it was crowded with mobile homes, a new office, and signs ("Under New Management" said one) with lists of prices, even for parking. I walked quickly to the end of the dock, checked the beach, and hurried back to the road, not wanting to pay to stay. (Or be towed to Campbell River, at my expense, as one sign warned. Not so friendly.)
The tide was low. On the beach, I found patches of rockweed, two different species, and not those I see on our local beaches.
|A wide-bladed rockweed.|
Rockweed can be extremely variable, depending on its habitat, but this specimen, and those around it had much wider blades than any I've seen.
|Skinny rockweed, Pelvetiopsis limitata, I think. It lacks the distinctive midrib of the other rockweeds.|
These were growing there on the shore, attached to solid rocks, not tossed in by waves.