The most dramatic event of the summer was the impact of Tropical Storm Irene which had a major erosive impact and removed most of the species that were not strongly attached or that extended out from the docks. My visits to Cape Cod occurred 2-3 days after the storm, and the storm currents cleared away much of the overgrowth and removed some of the species down to the substrate.
Botrylloides violaceus Orange Colonies on the Sides of Dock Floats
Botrylloides violaceus Colonial Organization
Botrylloides violaceus Zooids and Ampullae
3X zoom x 10X objective.
Botrylloides violaceus Endostyle and Branchial Features