In addition to the animals that call the Salish Sea home, there are several species of seagrasses that exist along our shores. These grasses form meadows that provide rich habitats for marine life . The eelgrass itself provides food for herbivores during the growing season and when it dies back in the fall, it becomes an important source of nourishment for detritovores. This EZ ID guide will help to identify the different types of seagrasses that are commonly found along the Salish Sea.

shallow waters with green and brown seaweed

How to use this guide: Browse by picture or lookup the common or scientific name by using the search tool in the upper right of the table below. Try sorting and filtering the list by using the links in the upper left of the table. Scroll down to see more items in the list.

This video was produced in partnership with Animate Your Science TV and Washington Sea Grant (