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Bull kelp

Nereocystis luetkeana


The gas filled bladder of the bull kelp contains up to 10 percent carbon monoxide, helps give the seaweed buoyancy. The stipe was about 8 meters long (pic2). Several tangled together in pic3 a common occurrence in the winter here.


Spotted along the beach at the North Jetty at Ocean Shores, Wa.

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Ocean Shores, Washington, USA

Spotted on Feb 9, 2018
Submitted on Feb 17, 2018

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