Halosaccion glandiforme

I’m glad that a few photographs turned out from my weekend trip to Vancouver Island. Otherwise, I’d be even more cross at the one hour delay for one ferry (on the way there) and the four and a half hour delay on the way back. I didn’t get home until 4 AM Monday morning; 4 AM was also the time I started on Sunday to reach Botanical Beach at low tide, the site of today’s photograph.

Sea sacs are an algae of the intertidal zone, the area between the high tide mark and the low tide mark. The narrow band of the intertidal requires its inhabitants to have developed a number of strategies or structures to survive in this harsh area; mechanical pounding of the surf, temperature and moisture fluctuations and salinity variability are just a few of the conditions requiring special adaptations.

As noted in this essay on Halosaccion glandiforme, one adaptation of this alga to live in the intertidal is its gross morphology. The short, tubular shape of sea sacs helps to prevent damage from churning water. A second adaptation is the ability of sea sacs to retain water internally in the sac, moderating the extremes of temperature and moisture that would otherwise be experienced by the organism.

More photographs of Halosaccion glandiforme can be seen on California Biota and Seaweeds of Alaska.

Halosaccion glandiforme

5 responses to “Halosaccion glandiforme”

  1. alice macaulay

    thanks for today’s fascinating entry, photographed at such an early hour! the first thing I do each mornng is to click on to today’s photograph – always a delight.

  2. Hollis

    neat … how tall are the individual sea sacs in the photo?

  3. Daniel Mosquin

    These ones were roughly 7 to 15cm long (3″-5″).

  4. thickslab

    Long time watcher, first time commenter. I just wanted to thank you for this blog. I look forward to seeing the great photos and reading about cool new (new to me, anyway) plants every day. Thanks!

  5. Taylor Lasseigne

    Great photo, and I have a follow up question. I spent the summer with friends vacationing in the Pacific Northwest. In photographing the Kalaloch Beach in the Olympic National Park, I came across an unusual beached plant (I think). Is this in fact your Halosaccion glandiforme, and if so… how is it detatched… and furthermore, why is this particular example so much more colorful than ALL the examples I find online? Any information helps. Thanks.
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