Estuary to Abyss Expedition 2004. Pelagic brown algae in the genus Sargassum.
The berry-like structures are gas-filled bladders known as pneumatocysts,
which provide buoyancy to the plant.
Image ID: expl1137, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Photographer: Image courtesy of H. Scott Meister, SCDNR
Credit: Estuary to Abyss 2004. NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration
Category: Ocean exploration/
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