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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 This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
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: 23425  
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
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
 
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.Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
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
 
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
 
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
 
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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table Garibaldi fish on kelp forest reef, underwater, Hypsypops rubicundus, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
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.
Image ID: 25409  
Species: Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus
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, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp beds adorn the coastline of San Clemente Island, aerial photograph, Macrocystis pyrifera Add To Light Table Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
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.
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, Trachurus symmetricus, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
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.
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, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
Kelp canopy.
Image ID: 00602  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 00617  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 00628  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
coralline algae reef, Porolithon, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Add To Light Table Kelp plants with fronds extended in current, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp fronds, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
coralline algae reef.
Image ID: 00729  
Species: Coralline algae, Porolithon
Location: Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary, American Samoa, USA
 
Kelp plants with fronds extended in current.
Image ID: 01050  
Species: Giant kelp, 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, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp fronds and forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp fronds, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
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
 
Kelp fronds and forest.
Image ID: 01497  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds.
Image ID: 01498  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp forest canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp detail, San Diego, Macrocystis pyrifera Add To Light Table
Kelp canopy.
Image ID: 02118  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp forest canopy.
Image ID: 02121  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp detail, San Diego.
Image ID: 02125  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: California, USA
 
Kelp detail showing pneumatocysts (air bladders) attached to stipe, San Diego, Macrocystis pyrifera Add To Light Table Kelp spread over ocean surface to form a canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp frond in motion, time exposure, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island Add To Light Table
Kelp detail showing pneumatocysts (air bladders) attached to stipe, San Diego.
Image ID: 02126  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: California, USA
 
Kelp spread over ocean surface to form a canopy.
Image ID: 02129  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp frond in motion, time exposure.
Image ID: 02344  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 


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Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Behavior  >  Cleaning (Symbiosis)
Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Behavior  >  Schooling
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Damselfish (Pomacentridae)  >  Garibaldi
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Indo-Pacific  >  California / Baja California
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Mackerel (Scombridae)
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Ocean Sunfish - Mola mola
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Rockfish / Scorpionfish (Scorpaenidae)
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Salema (Haemulidae)
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Wrasse (Labridae)
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Corallimorphs / False Coral
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Soft Coral  >  Gorgonian
Animal  >  Ray  >  Bat Ray
Animal  >  Shark  >  Blue Shark
Gallery  >  Blue Shark
Gallery  >  California
Gallery  >  Gorgonian
Gallery  >  Icon
Gallery  >  Island
Gallery  >  Kelp Forest
Gallery  >  La Jolla
Gallery  >  Landscape
Gallery  >  Landscape Astrophotography
Gallery  >  Man And Ocean
Gallery  >  New Work August 2011
Gallery  >  New Work June 2013
Gallery  >  Ocean And Light
Gallery  >  Ocean And Motion
Gallery  >  Ocean Sunfish
Gallery  >  Panorama
Gallery  >  San Clemente Island
Gallery  >  Sierra Nevada
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Channel Islands  >  Catalina Island
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Channel Islands  >  San Clemente Island
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Channel Islands  >  Santa Barbara Island
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  Samoa  >  Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge  >  Above Water
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  Marine National Monuments  >  Rose Atoll Marine National Monument
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary  >  Santa Barbara Island
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Wildlife Refuges  >  Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (American Samoa)
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Catalina Island
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Mono Lake
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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Chromis punctipinnis
Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus
Hypsypops rubicundus
Lophogorgia chilensis
Macrocystis pyrifera
Mola mola
Muricea californica
Myliobatis californica
Phyllospadix sp.
Porolithon sp.
Prionace glauca
Semicossyphus pulcher
Trachurus symmetricus
Xenistius californiensis

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