Inching Up To a Delicate Red Seaweed

There is enough variety among the small, branched, and somewhat similar tufted red seaweeds to keep them forever interesting. The reds I’m talking about are delicate and limp when exposed by low tide, which adds difficulty in observing the details of undisturbed tufts. On August 19, 2020, I inched up to Microcladia borealis (I’m pretty…

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A Simple Pleasure From the Shore

Mazzaella splendens is one of those red seaweeds known for the looks it throws your way. Its iridescence isn’t a given, but when things fall into place, rainbow leaf, as it is sometimes known, lights up the low intertidal. Cut off from the shore, I’m grateful for simple pleasures past. Simplicity Addendum: There couldn’t be…

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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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