Japweed floating in the sea: Japweed floating in calm shallow water on a hot summer's day near the shore and cliffs at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (1) 

Looking like a wonderful blue carpet with a golden fern pattern, Japweed Sargassum muticum (Yendo) Fensholt, was particularly decorative at Ringstead Bay in Dorset one hot July day. Here are some photographs of this alien species of seaweed floating near the surface in still, shallow water near the beach. The yellow-green fronds contrast well with the deep reflected blue from the cloudless sky above. Sometimes other types of red and green algae can be seen through the clear water on the seabed below; and brown fucoids are visible in above the water surface on the rocky platform just offshore. 

You can see more pictures of Japweed from along the Jurassic Coast in the earlier posts:

Japweed at Chapmans Pool

Japweed from Studland Bay 

Japweed (Sargassum muticum) floating in calm shallow water near the shore at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast - on a hot summer's day (2) 

Japweed at Ringstead Bay: Fern-like fronds of Japweed (a seaweed species accidentally  introduced to Britain) floating at the surface in calm shallow water near the rocky shore at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast - on a hot summer's day (3) 

Revision of a post first published 5 December 2009

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