12 Jun 2008

June view and 3 metre laminaria seaweed.

Below, Laminaria hypoborea. This is the first time I've seen it washed up on this beach. 3 metres from holdfast to the tip of the longest frond, the longest frond was 2.4 metres. 

There have been northerly winds over this stretch of coast recently, the swell that builds up tears kelp from sea bed and washes it onto the beach. This laminaria carpet (mostly Laminaria digitata) was 250 yards long, 40 metres wide, 60 cm deep and more was washing in on the tide.

1 comment:

Karen James said...

Wow, most impressive seaweed. Remind me to introduce you to Dr Juliet Brodie one of these days..