Seen near-coastally, but not yet in bloom. This somewhat prostrate shrub exhibits rich green shiny adaxial leaf surfaces, with lighter green abaxially. This specimen measures about 70 cm across. Bark is a reddish-gray.
Seen in a non-blooming phase of growth, this plant is chiefly a near coastal species.
A ways in from the shore, growing in boggy ground. Native to South Africa.
There were a bunch of these!
That's a big octopus. I had the good fortune to watch this guy emerge from its refuge and slink across the pool. As I was watching its tentacles disappear, I heard a thrashing from the next pool over. I hopped up to check it out and saw the octopus was killing a pretty sizable fish. I thought I was recording video of the whole things and felt pretty awesome about it, but then realized I had forgotten to hit record. Le sigh.
Like a lot of people (I think) I sort of gave up on coralline algae ages ago, but what are those disc-shaped things? Some kind of reproductive structure?
Whose plume? 'Twas the diameter of a 50 cent piece.
Diaulula and Diaulula, up in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-waitaminute, this is something else entirely.
Polyps aren't as orange as I've seen them in other individuals, so maybe I have this wrong.
A rare treat for me.
Didn't see any bladders, but I probably would have looked harder if I recognized it.
Multiple stipes per holdfast, but blades are divided. Was going to call this Laminaria sinclairii, but the division is thowing me. Maybe there aren't multiple stipes per holdfast?