Saturday, March 15, 2008

'Slimy bags'

I found these red algae which had been washed ashore. Their scientific name Gloiosaccion literally means 'glue sacks'. They are basically hollow bags which contain a sticky, gooey liquid. I googled but didn't find any info about the gooey substance. Some say that it keeps herbivores away. I wonder if it is because it tastes horrible or that it is poisonous.

Gooey substance oozing out when the 'bag' was punctured.

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