Station KML 113/99: Fairweather shoreline

General characterization of biota

The lower and mid intertidal had a high percentage cover of organisms belonging to a few species. Just off shore there were a few bull kelp while at the lowest level below about 0.5m the dominant kelps were shiny blade, Japanese weed, and quite tattered sugar kelp. "Brown beard"

(an unidentified diatom) was abundant in some areas. Somewhat higher the flora is dominated by rock weed and sea lettuce. Two other species occur somewhat less abundantly a red filamentous species (Ceramium pacificum) and a green filamentous species (Enteromorpha compressa).

The dominant animals are blue mussels and common barnacles (and some brown barnacles). The purple/brown sea star, Pisaster ochraceous, occurred in moderate numbers. There was little other animal life: a few white tube worms deep in cracks, a bit of the same orange brown bryozoan as that found on the north coast (Alderina brevispina). Wrinkled whelks, limpets, periwinkles, chitons were notable by their absence. A very few checked periwinkles were found at one location.

A large tide pool behind a high rock wall had some boulders under which were found a two drab crabs and a tidepool sculpin. Two garter snakes were presumably looking for food in a high tide channel.