Found in intertidal tidepools. Mussels were dispersed amongst the many tidepools in the area and lived in small groups of 2-5 due to the size of the pools. Many mussels were already eaten due to possibly predation or extreme conditions. Mussels were small and only were 3-4cm in length. Many housed smaller marine organisms on their surface and were latched on rocks found in the tidepool.
Found in upper intertidal region, the rock weed was orange to brown in color and had sizes of 5cm to 10cm in blade size. Base of plant seemed latched to the rocks in the area and grew in large groups of 10-30. Many other seaweeds grew around it, including small Turkish towel. However the rockweeds were overall largest in size. Many blades seemed to have gas filled pods at the ends of their blades which would allow for upright floatation of the plant.
Found in upper intertidal region near Friday Harbor Labs. The alga was green and very similar to moss in look. The plant was very moist and spongy when touched. This may explain its ability to live in the upper intertidal as dessication is hampered by its characteristics. Many smaller marine organisms lived within or around the alga and a small community of Turkish towel had grown next to the plant. Overall sparse in number in the intertidal region observed.
Found in rocky intertidal near Shore Trail. Barnacles inter dispersed around the intertidal with small aggregating groups. Individual barnacles are less than 1cm in length, but are in clusters of well over 10. Predominance of barnacles in the high intertidal due to extreme conditions. Small size and clustering help to reduce dessication and minimize damage dealt by rocks during high tide. Barnacles in more drier regions exhibit a orange tinge, but reason is unknown.
Found on tires on Friday Harbor docks. Was approximately 25cm in length and a darkish red color in tinge. Plant was extremely rough with small growths all along the surface of the plant. Possible reasons for the characteristic may relate to dessication prevention or nutrient absorption by increasing surface area and correcting the surface area to volume ratio. Multiple leaves grew from the same source and attached at the base of the tire. The majority of its body however consisted on the rough leaf.
Found at FHL docks. Located in bull kelp found off the docks. Was approximately 18cm in width and 10cm in length with arms non extended. Coloring had matched with that of the bull kelp, serving as a cryptic way in spotting. Head had a 3cm like "horn" which was centered on the body. Was extremely defensive when touched and attempted to offer right claw as a defense mechanism. Likely cause may be to distract predators as the focus on the claw and allow the crab to escape.
Collected off FHL docks. Overall was approximately 15m in length. Coloring was dark green with extremely smooth texture. Had already been detached from ocean floor-- unknown reason. Housed crab and had one long main body which gradually tapered down at the base. Multiple leaves came from the same ball region which floated in water. Ball likely serves as floatation mechanism which allows for upright standing of plants when in water and latched to the seafloor.
Found attached to a Hydroid.
Found attached to a Hydroid.
ID is based on distribution of chloroplasts (thus not striatella),
Ridges present (thus not Grammatophora).
In sample containing hydroids.
Found around a Hydroid specimen
Found attached to seaweed.