Wild Harris

Hydroids

Hydroids are tiny animals with tentcales that live in colonies attached to rocks or seaweed. 
You will often se them growing like white fur on kelp plants.

hydroid on kelp.jpgHydroids on Kelp    (Photo: Paul Tyler)

Each white filament is a series of tiny animals

kelp with hydroids.jpgHydroids on Kelp    (Photo: Sue Scott)

Sometimes the hydroids completely cover the kelp leaf

sea spiders on nemertisia.jpgSea Spiders Feeding on Hydroid (Photo: Paul Tyler)

This is a larger hydroid colony that grows from the rock. These hydroids are being eaten by sea spiders.

by Paul Tyler