Morning Magic

Lottia caught my attention, but dang, that gorgeous Lessoniopsis. In the moment, I was so distracted by the limpet, probably Lottia pelta, I missed the beauty of Lessoniopsis. At their base, the blades look soft and loving. Behind the limpet (it’s facing left here), in the center of the image, there’s another thing I missed.…

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Dreamy Drift Macrocystis

Magical MacrocystisWhat drift landed you on this shore? All still now Macrocystis, like a lot of marine organisms, has a dreamy quality. I came across the drifted mass featured here on May 20th, 2019. Other items from the May 20th driftline and throughout the year are posted at Wrack Line 2019. See how Macrocystis stacks…

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Melobesia, a Coralline Crust on Seagrasses

Melobesia mediocris is a coralline crust associated with surfgrass and eelgrass. If I had to pick a common name, I’d probably go with surfgrass coralline. Seagrass crust is a reasonable option. Young discs (center in the image below) are round and remarkable for their beauty. On Phyllospadix (the green blades below), Melobesia‘s growth is constrained…

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A Brief Account (with Video!) of the Bangia-Human Hair Resemblance

Bangia-like filamentous reds are a naturalist’s delight in the exposed upper intertidal, where they favor the tops of rounded boulders and rocks. The filaments of these inscrutable reds wave in the swash like thinning human hair, soaked and windswept on a blustery day. When the surge recedes the filaments fall limply, like a mop or…

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