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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Towel, anyone?

We found a very large blade of red algae washed up on the beach a couple of days ago:


Although it might be hard to tell from the picture, this algae is known for its texture it's covered with small bumps or spines.  They're dense, which gives the seaweed a rough texture.  Because of this, someone came up with a distinctive name for it — Turkish Towel.  

This is Chondracanthus.  (My guess is Chondracanthus corymbiferus.)  However, Turkish Towel is often easier to remember!

This towel was so big (you might call it a bath sheet!), Eric thought he'd give it a try:


There are over 200 species of seaweeds in the Bodega Bay region.  I'll be trying to highlight more of them this year.

2 comments:

Leth Benz said...

Bahahahahahhaha! Thanks for sharing :]

Leth Benz said...

"That last picture needs to be on a t-shirt and/or framed" - Casey