Seaweed Gallery

Some long overdue seaweed pics from the end of the seaweed bloom when the tides were low. I took many photos but few, if any, very good ones; sometimes you just are a bit out of luck I suppose. I have also started a Seaweed Gallery page (link also pinned at the top), gathering photos of as many different species I can find here in Cornwall. It is very much a work in progress and not a proper guide at all, but I hope it can help complement exisiting guides. Note that just a photo often is not enough to correctly identify species, so I have kept it at more easily recognisable things. On another note, I recently gave a ‘lockdown’ zoom presentation about my very niche hobby of taking photos of seaweeds for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. If you are interested you can find it on youtube (I have not watched it back myself as if there is one thing I dislike it is seeing myself talk on video (actually, there is one thing I like even less and that is seeing myself talk on a video that is there to see for the whole world!)). I talked not so much about photography or seaweed biology as I am far from an expert in either topic, but more about how I started out with rockpooling when I moved to Cornwall in 2012, and how this slowly spiralled out of control and ended up with me lying facedown in rockpools year-round taking photos of seaweeds. Anyway, a few species below: Irish Moss Chondrus crispus, Berry Wart Cress Sphaerococcus coronopifolius, Red Rags Dilsea carnosa and Desmarest’s Flattened Weed Desmarestia ligulata.

2 thoughts on “Seaweed Gallery

  1. Loved your CWT talk, thank you. Interesting how our species differ from yours, Berry Wart Cress is a new one on me.. Have since
    joined the N E Atlantic seaweed facebook group. Just a bit frustrated as there is too little of interest to see yet up here on N Devon coast and lots of silt on everything. Seeing your beautiful pics will keep me inspired.

    • That is kind of you to say Paula!

      Berry Wart Cress grows slightly deeper than some of the other species but on a good low tide you should be able to find it, it is one of my favourites. I have not been to the N Devon coast but sometimes it is good to visit a new beach as they are all a bit different and even the shape and depth of the rockpools have quite a big effect on what can live in them!

      cheers Michiel

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