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Giant kelp plants lean over in ocean currents, underwater.  Individual kelp plants grow from the rocky reef, to which they are attached, up to the ocean surface and form a vibrant community in which fishes, mammals and invertebrates thrive, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island A kelp forest.  Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy.  Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest.  Lush forests of kelp are found through California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts.  Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest.  Giant kelp can grow up to 2' in a single day given optimal conditions.  Epic submarine forests of kelp grow throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Giant kelp plants lean over in ocean currents, underwater. Individual kelp plants grow from the rocky reef, to which they are attached, up to the ocean surface and form a vibrant community in which fishes, mammals and invertebrates thrive.
Image ID: 23426  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
A kelp forest. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found through California's Southern Channel Islands.
Image ID: 23428  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts. Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest. Giant kelp can grow up to 2' in a single day given optimal conditions. Epic submarine forests of kelp grow throughout California's Southern Channel Islands.
Image ID: 23430  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater.  The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Lophogorgia chilensis, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all. Garibaldi and golden gorgonian, with a underwater forest of giant kelp rising in the background, underwater, Muricea californica, Hypsypops rubicundus, Catalina Island California golden gorgonian on rocky reef, underwater. The golden gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Muricea californica, San Clemente Island
Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by.
Image ID: 23431  
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Garibaldi and golden gorgonian, with a underwater forest of giant kelp rising in the background, underwater.
Image ID: 23432  
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica, Hypsypops rubicundus
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
California golden gorgonian on rocky reef, underwater. The golden gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by.
Image ID: 25397  
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Brown gorgonians on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater.  Gorgonians are filter-feeding temperate colonial species that live on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep.  Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Muricea fruticosa, San Clemente Island Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts.  Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest.  Giant kelp can grow up to 2' in a single day given optimal conditions.  Epic submarine forests of kelp grow throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island A view of an underwater forest of giant kelp.  Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy.  Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest.  Lush forests of kelp are found through California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Brown gorgonians on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. Gorgonians are filter-feeding temperate colonial species that live on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by.
Image ID: 25398  
Species: Brown gorgonian, Muricea fruticosa
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts. Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest. Giant kelp can grow up to 2' in a single day given optimal conditions. Epic submarine forests of kelp grow throughout California's Southern Channel Islands.
Image ID: 25399  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
A view of an underwater forest of giant kelp. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found through California's Southern Channel Islands.
Image ID: 25400  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts.  Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest.  Giant kelp can grow up to 2' in a single day given optimal conditions.  Epic submarine forests of kelp grow throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater.  The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater.  The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island
Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts. Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest. Giant kelp can grow up to 2' in a single day given optimal conditions. Epic submarine forests of kelp grow throughout California's Southern Channel Islands.
Image ID: 25403  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by.
Image ID: 25406  
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by.
Image ID: 25407  
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Garibaldi fish on kelp forest reef, underwater, Hypsypops rubicundus, San Clemente Island Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts.  Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest.  Giant kelp can grow up to 2' in a single day given optimal conditions.  Epic submarine forests of kelp grow throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island A view of an underwater forest of giant kelp.  Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy.  Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest.  Lush forests of kelp are found through California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Garibaldi fish on kelp forest reef, underwater.
Image ID: 25409  
Species: Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts. Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest. Giant kelp can grow up to 2' in a single day given optimal conditions. Epic submarine forests of kelp grow throughout California's Southern Channel Islands.
Image ID: 25412  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
A view of an underwater forest of giant kelp. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found through California's Southern Channel Islands.
Image ID: 25432  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp beds adorn the coastline of San Clemente Island, aerial photograph, Macrocystis pyrifera Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Jack mackerel schooling amid kelp forest, Trachurus symmetricus, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Kelp beds adorn the coastline of San Clemente Island, aerial photograph.
Image ID: 25984  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp canopy.
Image ID: 00250  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Jack mackerel schooling amid kelp forest.
Image ID: 00256  
Species: Pacific jack mackerel, Trachurus symmetricus, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Kelp canopy.
Image ID: 00600  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp canopy.
Image ID: 00601  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp canopy.
Image ID: 00602  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island California sea lion, juveniles at play in kelp forest, Zalophus californianus, Santa Barbara Island
Red gorgonian.
Image ID: 00616  
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 00617  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
California sea lion, juveniles at play in kelp forest.
Image ID: 00619  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Salema schooling amid kelp forest, Xenistius californiensis, Macrocystis pyrifera,, Catalina Island Kelp plants with fronds extended in current, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 00628  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Salema schooling amid kelp forest.
Image ID: 01022  
Species: Salema, Xenistius californiensis, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Kelp plants with fronds extended in current.
Image ID: 01050  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Garibaldi in kelp forest, Hypsypops rubicundus, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Kelp fronds, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Kelp plants growing toward surface and spreading to form a canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Garibaldi in kelp forest.
Image ID: 01055  
Species: Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds.
Image ID: 01273  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp plants growing toward surface and spreading to form a canopy.
Image ID: 01293  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 


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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Callorhinus ursinus
Chromis punctipinnis
Hypsypops rubicundus
Lophogorgia chilensis
Macrocystis pyrifera
Mola mola
Muricea californica
Muricea fruticosa
Myliobatis californica
Prionace glauca
Semicossyphus pulcher
Stereolepis gigas
Trachurus symmetricus
Xenistius californiensis
Zalophus californianus

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