Common Marine Algae in the Northern Oregon Drift Line: A Gallery of Images

My post about bull kelp drift masses, back in early December, got me thinking about other algae people might find washed up in the drift line. On my home beaches, bull kelp is certainly the most noticeable. Small clumps of rockweed are abundant, and sea palms, when present, are hard to miss. Fresh giant kelp…

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Sea Lettuce, Ulva

Ulva is frequently observed in the fresh wrack on sandy beaches.  Surf zone sands provide no place for attachment, so Ulva, like other marine plants and and seaweeds, makes it home in the rocky intertidal or in more sheltered settings such as bays and estuaries.  When you see it on the beaches, you are looking at broken…

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