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Red Algae (Corallina sp.)

Corallina sp.


Underwater they are reddish or purple. When they wash up on the shore, they are bleached white by the sunlight. Pictured specimen is about 2". Red algae usually like the deeper parts of the ocean. Their pigments absorb the blue and violet light waves that make it to those depths.


This may be Corallina officinalis var. chilensis, which has a range from Alaska all the way down to Baja California.

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CindyBinghamKeiser 12 years ago

Hi scorrice, It's great to have another So-Cal member! Please consider joining the Southern California Wildlife mission and add all your spottings from here :)

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Spotted on Jan 23, 2012
Submitted on Jan 23, 2012

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