At first glance, the foliage of the leaf is merely a tassel of grayish seaweed, but it is a colony consisting of thousands of tiny animals, which are called bryozoa. When the colony flushes into the beach, the tiny animals are generally dead and rotten away, but you can still see the places where the animals have been sitting in a fine pattern. The surface of the leaves is divided into hundreds of small fields. Each field is a small chamber in which there has been an animal. Broad-leaved hornwrack can lie in the rinse on the beach in very large quantities – especially after heavy onshore wind. There are over 100 different kinds of these animals.

Did you know that:

This animal smells of lemon.