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Marimo (毬藻, literally “ball seaweed”), also known as Cladophora aegagropila, Cladophora ball, Lake ball, or Moss Balls in English, is a species of filamentous green algae (Chlorophyta) found in a number of lakes in the northern hemisphere. A marimo is a rare growth form of the species where the algae grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance. Colonies of such balls are only known to form in Iceland, Scotland, Japan and Estonia.

healdsburg summer, by wendy macnaughton.

Vogue US Nov 1990 - Kirsten Owen by Hans Feurer


The eastern emerald elysia (Elysia chlorotica) is a sea slug that steals and absorbs chloroplasts from the algae it eats, a behavior called kleptoplasty.
photograph by Patrick J. Krug
(via: TheScientist)

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