fasciata is one of the most commmon algae species
found in Hawaii. It has flat light green blades
that look almost translucent, which are like leaves on
a plant, which grow from 1-10 cm wide and can grow to
about 5-100 cm long. It gets its common name sea
lettuce since it really looks like lettuce.
faciata lives in intertidal areas like rocks, reef
flats and places which have a lot of nutrients.
(include invasive, native, endemic):Ulva
fasciata is an endemic specie which means that it only
lives in Hawaii and is found in no other place.
is at the bottom of the food chain and is eaten by many
organisms like slugs, fish, and snails. Algae is also
an autotroph which means that they create their own food
by the process of photosynthesis that uses the sun's energy.
During the process of photosynthesis algae creates oxygen
for the underwater animals so it is very important to the
fasciata is edible. The only dangerous thing
about seaweed is that it grows on rocks and is very slippery
so when our on rocks with algae on them you have to be careful
not to fall.
is used in our every day life. You may not have known
but algae is in foods like jello, pudding and is in things
like make up.