Identifying seaweeds in the wild isn’t always easy. It’s often not easy. Even with field guides and online resources, there are plenty of common seaweeds that are tricky for non-experts like me. Still, I can’t resist trying. I’ve done my best in the pages that follow to show some useful, interesting, and I hope pleasing, photos of the most obvious intertidal seaweeds I’ve noticed on Pacific northwest shores. Most are from the exposed surf-swept outer coast. If I’m not sure about species, or even genus, I’ll mention it. If you see a mistake, which is surely possible, I hope you’ll let me know. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy surfing my seaweed samples.
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