I think. . .and yes that is my lovely foot in the photo :-)
I think. . .and lots of it!
Found in the waters off Fourth of July Beach on San Juan island mid afternoon. Large clumps of it attached to rocks by stalk with olive green blades which are textured.
Found at fourth of July Beach @ 12:30 pm. Large thick stalks of olive greenish color washed up onto beach. Bukbus bubble one one end and ropey stalks which connect.
Attached to tire on FHL dock. Forked air sac at end of blade, brown in color
Larger than your average human :) fascinating kelp, floats in the water.
Found latched on tires on Friday Harbor docks. The plant was latched on the tires and had two stipes extend from the base that were 7-10cm in length. From the stipe was a single blade that surpassed 25cm in length and was brown in color. The texture was very bumpy and showed two distinct lines of wrinkling which seemed similar to small ovals running down the blade.
The Phaeophyceae or brown algae (singular: alga), is a large group of mostly marine multicellular algae, including many seaweeds of colder Northern Hemisphere waters. They play an important role in marine environments, both as food and for the habitats they form. For instance Macrocystis, a kelp of the order Laminariales, may reach 60 m in length, and forms prominent underwater forests. Another example is Sargassum, which creates unique habitats in the tropical waters of the Sargasso Sea....