Sea flowers to make the rounds on the Alberta coast
Sea flowers have been seen on the beaches of the province’s Northwest Territories.
The colourful sea flowers are now widely known as the Rainbow Sea.
The blooms are a common sight in the Arctic.
“I think they’ve probably been there for a few years now,” said Chris Ellington, a coastal conservationist for the Alberta Wildlife Conservation Society.
“There’s definitely a little bit of confusion around them.”
Ellingson said the sea flowers appear in the same spots as the sea grasses in the summer months.
“It’s a little difficult to tell, but they’re very colourful, it’s not as pretty as the rainbow sea grass, but it’s a good way of distinguishing it,” he said.
The Rainbow Sea blooms also look similar to the rainbow flowers in nature, and they look a little more like sea grass.
“They look a bit like a small purple, purple sea flower, so they’re definitely more colourful than the regular sea grass,” Ellingston said.
Elling also said the Rainbow sea flowers aren’t just common in the area.
“In the spring, they can be found everywhere, they’re a lot more common than the sea flower,” he explained.
“But in the winter, you can see them all over the Northwest Territories.”
The Rainbow sea grass is native to the Northern Territories and is now one of the most common blooms found in the province.
“The sea grass was first planted here by the Inuit people, and there are two kinds of sea grass in this area,” Elington said.
“One kind of sea flower is the regular, the other kind of one is the Rainbow.”
Sea grasses are the primary grazers of the sea.
They graze on rocky surfaces, including beach and sand dunes.
The rainbow sea flower grows on the top of a sandy beach.
The plant can be seen blooming on the sandy surface of a beach.
Ealington said the rainbow fish has a lot of similarities to the Rainbow fish.
“We have Rainbow sea fishes in Alberta, but these are a bit different,” he added.
“These are actually just Rainbow sea fish, which are found in our waters.”
Elingson said it’s difficult to say if the Rainbow water fish will ever become widespread in the Northwest territories.
“If you have a Rainbow fish in your waters, you’re basically breeding them for your own population, which is pretty rare,” he cautioned.
The salmon population has been steadily declining in the past few decades, but the Rainbow salmon is a very valuable fish.
Elingston said the Salmon River’s population is in trouble.
“Our fisheries have been losing them for years,” he noted.
“When you have these species like this that are so valuable, it means that our fisheries are struggling.”
Ealingson said there are about 1,000 Rainbow salmon in the wild.
“Those are the ones that we need to keep in the water to have a sustainable population,” he suggested.
“That’s where we need them.”