Mearns Rock in 1991

Mearns Rock 1991   1991 Enlarged Quadrat

What You See

In mid-1991, the entire boulder is covered with gold-brown Fucus. You can see darker species of seaweed forming an apron around the base of the boulder; the beach area surrounding the boulder (the "beach face") is also completely covered with other seaweed species. In the water behind the boulder, you can see a healthy eelgrass (Zostera marina) bed.
1991 Enlarged Quadrat

Although this photo is unclear, we can see more mature, gold-brown Fucus and dark-colored juvenile mussels in this photo. Some of the small, very light, circular patches may be barnacles.

What's Happening

The boulder's condition appears to be improving, shown by the heavier covering of seaweed. One might conclude that this shoreline had recovered from the oil spill.