Red Tide - Orkney

Red Tide - Orkney

Observation - Red Tide - Orkney - UK and Ireland. Description: Storms bring huge swathes of kelps (Laminariales), browns (Phaeophyceae) and greens (Chlorophyta) a

Storms bring huge swathes of kelps (Laminariales), browns (Phaeophyceae) and greens (Chlorophyta) ashore. But gently persuading swell often brings the lighter seaweeds onto the tidelines
Yesterday was a red tide day. Masses of mostly Plocamium cartilagineum (cockscomb) that was tangled in big tufts of Furcellaria and also spread thinly in all sorts of places.
I brought some home in a tubful of joy.
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Porphyra is recently dealt with here - https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/observation/815371/
I am yet to do a 'complete' observation of Furcellaria
But see JoC's https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/observation/288238/
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It was cold and blustery, so the exercise was brisk, mostly photographic and a specific iSpot one, in this lovely place.
Once home, I could sort and investigate the algae.
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Pictures 2, 13 & 14 show the contents emptied onto a shallow pyrex lid, placed on top of my phone. The Light Table App.(Tracer, but there are others) is VERY useful but, of course, you need another camera!
Picture 15 is a highly enlarged mystery, an epiphyte on the Cock'scomb. I have annotated some interesting features, so anyone can offer suggestions!
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One of a whole series from a small Orkney Island. Click on the Glimps tag to see some others
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The maximum photo allowance is 15 but to edit the Observation one must lose a picture to save, then add it again in a final save! I may have to do that several times, edit remove, save, edit replace, save. I should stick to the norm...but one or two pictures of such gorgeous subjects is NOT my style!
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Also see the Notes in the Location Panel