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.
The video of the Bryozoan:
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: