Category Archives: Atlantic Seashore

Washed Ashore: False Angelwing

Photo of False Angelwing

I found these False Angelwing (Petricolaria pholadiformis) shells on Laudholm Beach in Wells, ME. These shells are petite -- about 2" long -- compared to the shells of the true Angelwing (Cyrtopleura costata) which can be 6-8" (for photo comparisons of these species, view this post at i Love Shelling). False Angelwing shells are thin and fragile, and as a result I was unable to locate an undamaged specimen. Is it just me, or do these shells embody the rhythmic energy of the ocean? (To view the following photos in full-size, click here.)

Foraging Wild Greens: Seaside Plantain

Photo of Seaside Plantain (Plantago maritima) leaves

Seaside Plantain (Plantago maritima) might be my favorite ocean-side plant. Whereas the closely related Common (P. major) and English Plantain (P. lanceolata) often grow in the cracks of sidewalks and in other disturbed areas throughout New England, Seaside Plantain is restricted to the coast. I typically find this plant growing in cracks of bedrock with an ocean-side view. Continue reading Foraging Wild Greens: Seaside Plantain

Washed Ashore: Atlantic Dulse

Photo of Atlantic Dulse

On the beaches I frequent in southern Maine, I occasionally find clumps of Atlantic Dulse (Palmaria palmata) standing in color-contrast to the majority of wave-tossed algae.  Much more commonly, I find pieces of Knotted Wrack, Bladder Wrack, Irish Moss, and various Kelps -- none of which have the rich red color of Atlantic Dulse.  The blades of this alga can be eaten fresh (when found alive), and dried pieces can be lightly toasted for a fine, salty treat.