Irish Moss - Chondrus crispus
*I think this is Irish Moss, but I've never seen it with such a bright purple color before.
Blades are flat and ribless with profuse forking. It's very variable in form and even in color. This one was dark reddish brown at the base and a stunning pinkish purple at the tips with one, small, bleached spot.
Habitat: Lower intertidal
''Chondrus crispus''—commonly called Irish moss or carrageen moss —is a species of red algae which grows abundantly along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America. In its fresh condition this protist is soft and cartilaginous, varying in color from a greenish-yellow, through red, to a dark purple or purplish-brown. The principal constituent is a mucilaginous body, made of the polysaccharide carrageenan, which constitutes 55% of its dry weight. The organism also consists.. more