Sea Lettuce or Green Laver seaweed, Ulva lactuca Linnaeus, on the sand at Studland Beach, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast, 15th July 2011 (1)

The beach at Studland was scattered with bright green seaweed on a rather dull afternoon as the tide went out yesterday. Most of it was Sea Lettuce or Green Laver, Ulva lactuca Linnaeus, membranous and translucent. Occasional clumps of this common British alga showed complete bleaching around the edges. When this species is seen like this, it is a sign that its reproductive products have been shed into the sea.

Earlier posts mentioning this species of seaweed include:

Eel Grass & Sea Lettuce at Studland Bay in Spring

White-edged Sea Lettuce at Studland

White edged green seaweed: Sea Lettuce or Green Laver seaweed, Ulva lactuca Linnaeus, on the sand at Studland Beach, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast, 15th July 2011 - showing white edges where the reproductive products have been shed (2)

Sea Lettuce or Green Laver seaweed, Ulva lactuca Linnaeus, on the sand at Studland Beach, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast, 15th July 2011 (3)

Sea Lettuce or Green Laver seaweed, Ulva lactuca Linnaeus, on the sand at Studland Beach, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast, 15th July 2011 (4)

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