It looks rather fractal, too. This whole cluster is about 3″ long. It was sad to see lots of dead birds on the beach today. Don’t know why. Are they competing for the same fish that the hungry sea lions want?
And this is probably dead kelp, too, unless the incoming tide washes it out to sea again. I don’t know how to tell if kelp is alive or whether it can be resuscitated either. I need to add a marine biologist to my circle of friends!