Mearns Rock in 1998

Mearns Rock 1998   1998 Enlarged Quadrat

What You See

The boulder is now covered with patches of adult Fucus and a filamentous algae, which we think is Pilayella littoralis. We can't see what quantity of mussels and barnacles are present because they are covered by the Pilayella. What other year does this scene remind you of?
1998 Enlarged Quadrat

It's difficult to know what quantity of Fucus is present under this filamentous algae that has grown on top of it (which we think is Pilayella littoralis). We think that the dark areas of mussels have grown larger since the last photo.

What's Happening

Young plants that took hold in 1995 are now maturing.