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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 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 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
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.
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, 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 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 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: 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
 
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, 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 Jack mackerel schooling, Trachurus symmetricus, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Jack mackerel and kelp, Trachurus symmetricus, 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
 
Jack mackerel schooling.
Image ID: 00293  
Species: Pacific jack mackerel, Trachurus symmetricus
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Jack mackerel and kelp.
Image ID: 00380  
Species: Pacific jack mackerel, Trachurus symmetricus, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp canopy, 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
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 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
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
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 00628  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Jack mackerel schooling in kelp, Trachurus symmetricus, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp plants with fronds extended in current, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
Garibaldi.
Image ID: 00635  
Species: Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Jack mackerel schooling in kelp.
Image ID: 01019  
Species: Pacific jack mackerel, Trachurus symmetricus, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente 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, Hypsypops rubicundus, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Horn shark, Heterodontus francisci, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp fronds, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
Garibaldi.
Image ID: 01060  
Species: Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Horn shark.
Image ID: 01071  
Species: Horn shark, Heterodontus francisci
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
 
California bat ray, Myliobatis californica, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp forest canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
California bat ray.
Image ID: 01917  
Species: California bat ray, Myliobatis californica
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
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
 


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Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Juvenile / Calf
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Behavior  >  Mother / Calf Nurturing
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Whale  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Behavior  >  Camoflage
Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Behavior  >  Schooling
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Chromis (Pomacentridae)
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Damselfish (Pomacentridae)  >  Garibaldi
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Eel  >  Moray
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Indo-Pacific  >  California / Baja California
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Mackerel (Scombridae)
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Wrasse (Labridae)
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Soft Coral  >  Gorgonian
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Anatomy  >  Polyp
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Mollusk  >  Gastropods / Snail  >  Abalone
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  California Sea Lion
Animal  >  Ray  >  Bat Ray
Animal  >  Shark  >  Horn Shark
Animal  >  Shark  >  Juvenile
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Gallery  >  Gray Whale
Gallery  >  Icon
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Gallery  >  Kelp Forest
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Gallery  >  New Work January 2014
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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Asparagopsis taxiformis
Chromis punctipinnis
Cystoseira osmundacea
Eisenia arborea
Eschrichtius robustus
Gymnothorax mordax
Haliotis corrugata
Heterodontus francisci
Heterostichus rostratus
Hypsypops rubicundus
Lophogorgia chilensis
Macrocystis pyrifera
Muricea californica
Muricea fruticosa
Myliobatis californica
Phyllospadix
Phyllospadix sp.
Semicossyphus pulcher
Stephanocystis dioica
Trachurus symmetricus
Triakis semifasciata
Zalophus californianus

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