Mearns Rock in 1996

Mearns Rock 1996   1996 Enlarged Quadrat

What You See

This year, the boulder looks somewhat like it did in 1990. Young Fucus plants cover much of the boulder, young barnacles appear in the open spaces, and the mussels have disappeared.
1996 Quadrat

In the quadrat in 1996, the Fucus cover has increased. Here, the bare rock appears as darker gray. Most of what was bare rock last year is covered by barnacle spat (young barnacles) this year. It's difficult to tell if young mussels occupy the dark regions of the quadrat.

What's Happening

A second "wave" of recovery has clearly taken hold.