Golden Kelp

Golden Kelp - Mel BroadhurstGolden Kelp - Mel Broadhurst

Latin name: Laminaria ochroleuca

This kelp species is a yellow and brown seaweed which grows up to 2 metres in length. It has a smooth texture which is quite tough to withstand strong water movements. It has a distinct yellow patch at the base of the blade. During low tides it can be identified by the stipe (stem) standing erect in the air, with the fronds bending over.

Habitat: It is found in wave exposed areas, extending from the bottom of intertidal shorelines to kelp forests within the subtidal environment.

Status: This species is frequently found in the Channel Islands and South-West coastline of the UK.