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Giant Kelp Forest, West End Catalina Island, Macrocystis pyrifera Giant Kelp Forest, West End Catalina Island, Macrocystis pyrifera Golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, amid kelp forest, Catalina Island. 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, Macrocystis pyrifera, Muricea californica
Giant Kelp Forest, West End Catalina Island.
Image ID: 37300  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Giant Kelp Forest, West End Catalina Island.
Image ID: 37301  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, amid kelp forest, Catalina Island. 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: 37298  
Species: Giant kelp, California golden gorgonian, Macrocystis pyrifera, Muricea californica
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, amid kelp forest, Catalina Island. 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, Macrocystis pyrifera, Muricea californica
Golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, amid kelp forest, Catalina Island. 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: 37299  
Species: Giant kelp, California golden gorgonian, Macrocystis pyrifera, Muricea californica
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 


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