This large seaweed was seen in the intertidal zone. It measures about sixty cm long.
Seen on a mixed sand and shingle beach in the intertidal zone.
growing on pier pilings with Macrocystis
Growing on pier pilings with Egregia
Seen on the backshore north of Invergordon
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....