On my way back from the post office this afternoon, I stopped to watch a flock of American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) feeding in Bodega Harbor. One of the pelicans looked a little funny. Did you notice it, too?
The pelican on the far right had a piece of sea lettuce (Ulva sp.) draped over its head. It probably just got stuck there while the pelican was fishing. But it made me laugh because I know what it feels like to have sea lettuce on your face! While pulling lobster traps when we were young, sometimes my sister and I would have sea lettuce "fights." It's the perfect seaweed for it, because the thin, transparent sheets mold right to your face.