A February storm deposited a good-sized bull kelp on the beach.
Not far away I found this giant kelp, Macrocystis. This is the one on the Monterey Bay Aquarium logo.
The storm also left a small conifer branchlet on the beach. It goes nicely with a promising IPA, courtesy of my next door neighbor Eric.
Note: I updates the photos and lightly edited the text on September 2, 2017. If you like looking at material washed up on the beach, have a look to any of my Wrack Line pages. If kelp is your interest take a look at my Brown Algae page.