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We took a little detour to Anna Maria Island beach on our way home from Orlando, Florida.  Anna Maria Island is located on the south side of Tampa bay.  Aside from the beautiful sugar white sand and warm water, we love to collect some sea shells and marine fossils there.  Most sea shells are broken but we found plenty of sea weeds floating close to the shore.  I though that might be a good subject to look at under a microscope.

Red seaweed

Red seaweed - noticed that the seaweed on the right are in healthy red/browish color while on the left, the seaweed is transparent.

Healthy red seaweed under stereo microscope

Healthy red seaweed under Ample Scientific SM-Plus-24 stereo microscope (illuminated mainly with bottom light and compensated with top light)

Healthy red seaweed at 100X

Healthy red seaweed at 100X (Nexcope CM701 biological microscope)

Some algae grow on the surface of the red seaweed

Some algae grow on the surface of the red seaweed

Dead red seaweed

Dead red seaweed with Bryozoan growing on the surface

Close up view of the organisms on the red seaweed

Close up view of the bryozoans on the red seaweed

Close up view of a Bryozoanon the red seaweed.

Close up view of a Bryozoanon the red seaweed. The tentacles will extended out from time to time.

The video of the Bryozoan:

Some sort of root structure can been seen within the transparent seaweed.

Some sort of root structure can been seen within the transparent seaweed.

Vorticella found on the red seaweed

Vorticella found on the red seaweed

This is my first attempt to collect marine life for observation.  I still can’t identify the species of the seaweed that I have collected.  Based on the color but it seems to be more brown than red but morphologically, they look very similar to Plocamium cartilagineu. Without enough knowledge for proper identification, I would just call the seaweed for now and return here to update the proper name once they are identified.

Some seaweed identification websites:

Washington State University Beach Watchers

http://www.pznow.co.uk/marine/seaweed.html

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