The tide was high, the wind brisk, the waves bouncy. The beach near Salmon Point was just a narrow strip of stones between the water and the rocks of the breakwater. I was there to look at eelgrass and kelp, torn from their roots and holdfasts, all tangled and tossed up by the waves.
|Tangle of fresh bull kelp and eelgrass.|
A knot like this is full of interest; teasing out separate strands, I find mostly eelgrass, rockweed, sea lettuce, and kelp, with occasional fragments of Turkish towel or washcloth, and maybe some spaghetti-like brown algae. Living on the blades of kelp are bryozoan colonies, sometimes, if I'm lucky and sharp-eyed enough, with their tiny cryptic nudibranchs. Any holdfasts that show up house miniature worms and immature snails, possibly a baby starfish.
|Eelgrass and sea lettuce. Green blobs in the waves themselves are sea lettuce washing in.|