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ImageA bed of Eel grass near the commercial wharf and pier in Monterey. It is a perennial flowering plant that is closely related to terrestrial grasses and is commonly found on mud or sand bottoms in protected waters of bays and estuaries in low intertidal and subtidal zones, only rarely being exposed at low tide. While the most common species in California is Zostera marina, the species near the Monterey Harbor is likely the invader Zostera asiatica (comment from Brent Hughes, UCSC).

Species:

Asian eelgrass (Zostera asiatica)
Eel grass (Zostera marina)

Location (General):

Monterey

Site (Specific):

Commercial Wharf

Date taken:

March, 22 2012

Photo credit:

Chad King / NOAA MBNMS

View the Natural history for:
Zostera marina
in SIMoN's Species Database.

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      Latitude: 36.603828    Longitude: -121.889395

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