Field Guide to Jetty Island

July 10, 2011
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Rockweed Fucus distichus These look like a sea plant but they’re actually algae, not a true plant because they don’t have roots. They’re also known as Dutchman’s pants, because that’s what some people think they look like, or firecracker weed, because they make a satisfying pop when squashed. Spot on the island’s east beach. (Annie Mulligan / For The Herald)

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