Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera

Kelp forest looking from the surface down toward the reef far below where the kelp is anchored to the sea floor. San Clemente Island, California, USA, Macrocystis pyrifera, natural history stock photograph, photo id 03416
In the absence of swell and current, kelp plants stand straight up, much like trees in a terrestrial forest.

Kelp forest looking from the surface down toward the reef far below where the kelp is anchored to the sea floor. San Clemente Island, California, USA

Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California
Image ID: 03416
Format: Film 2:3
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