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Monday, May 23, 2016

Downcoast?

It's been a rough couple of years for some of the local kelps.  They've struggled with the warmer ocean temperatures of 2014 and 2015.  

But recently we noticed several specimens of Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) and Sea Palm (Postelsia palmaeformis) on the beach.  Perhaps they washed downcoast from more northern sites?  

Let's hope that this is a good sign, and that water temperatures cool down this summer giving them a better chance at successful growth and reproduction.



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