Bull Kelp, Graceful in the Drift Line

In life, bull kelp is the picture of grace. Its scientific name, Nereocystis luetkeana, is graceful too. What about after bull kelp’s short life ends, does it retain its grace? Every fall, storms dislodge bull kelp from its rocky anchors. Once adrift, some are tossed ashore where we can answer the question without getting wet.

September signature | 2015
A near treble clef | September 2017

I call it graceful. What do you think? For more photos of drift bull kelp you’ll find some good ones on my Brown Algae page. I wrote a bit more about bull kelp in Bull Kelp Drift: A Subtidal-to-Surf Zone Connection.

The Seaweed Lady on Bull KelpΒ is a short YouTube video with bull kelp fun facts from an expert.



    1. Yes it is. You may already know people call it bullwhip kelp, or just whip kelp. Other people supposedly call it ribbon kelp, after the ribbon-like blades, but I’ve never heard anyone do that myself.

  1. Definitely graceful! It reminds me of a whip, a very long one complete with handle. It possibly belongs to a lion-tamer who is lost at sea! πŸ™‚

    1. A creative interpretation. Like your new book? One of the other common names for bull kelp in my neck of the woods is bullwhip kelp. Congrats on your new book blog and your new book too!

      1. Thanks very much for taking time to look at the new blog, it’s much appreciated! It was great fun doing it and I’m pretty pleased with the result, except for the header which still needs a few changes. πŸ˜€πŸ™‚πŸ™ƒ

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