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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 beds adorn the coastline of San Clemente Island, aerial photograph, Macrocystis pyrifera Add To Light Table Jack mackerel and kelp, Trachurus symmetricus, 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: 25400  
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
 
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 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 canopy.
Image ID: 00602  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
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
 
California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Divers and kelp forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Diver amid kelp forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
California sea lion.
Image ID: 02973  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Divers and kelp forest.
Image ID: 02990  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Diver amid kelp forest.
Image ID: 03157  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Garibaldi swimming over surfgrass in kelp forest, Hypsypops rubicundus, Phyllospadix, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Diver in kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
Kelp forest.
Image ID: 06092  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Garibaldi swimming over surfgrass in kelp forest.
Image ID: 06274  
Species: Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus, Phyllospadix, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Diver in kelp.
Image ID: 00274  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Diver and red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table California Golden gorgonian polyps.  The golden gorgonian is a colonial organism composed of thousands of tiny polyps. Each polyp secretes calcium which accumulates to form the structure of the colony. The fan-shaped gorgonian is oriented perpendicular to prevailing ocean currents to better enable to filter-feeding polyps to capture passing plankton and detritus passing by, Muricea californica, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table California Golden gorgonian in kelp forest, Muricea californica, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
Diver and red gorgonian.
Image ID: 01485  
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
California Golden gorgonian polyps. The golden gorgonian is a colonial organism composed of thousands of tiny polyps. Each polyp secretes calcium which accumulates to form the structure of the colony. The fan-shaped gorgonian is oriented perpendicular to prevailing ocean currents to better enable to filter-feeding polyps to capture passing plankton and detritus passing by.
Image ID: 03481  
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
California Golden gorgonian in kelp forest.
Image ID: 03486  
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Red gorgonian, polyp detail, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Kelp fronds grow upward from the reef below to reach the ocean surface and spread out to form a living canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table A freediving spearfisherman glides quietly through the kelp forest in search of game fish to hunt.  The most skilled spearfishermen forego the use of SCUBA, which is noisy underwater and scares away fish.  Instead, they practice breathhold techniques to move silently through the water.  San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
Red gorgonian, polyp detail.
Image ID: 07005  
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds grow upward from the reef below to reach the ocean surface and spread out to form a living canopy.
Image ID: 07490  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
A freediving spearfisherman glides quietly through the kelp forest in search of game fish to hunt. The most skilled spearfishermen forego the use of SCUBA, which is noisy underwater and scares away fish. Instead, they practice breathhold techniques to move silently through the water. San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 10235  
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
San Clemente Island, aerial photo, steep cliffs and mountainous terrain on the south eastern shore of the island Add To Light Table Ghost lobster trap, abandoned lobster trap, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Fish hiding in invasive sargassum, Sargassum horneri, San Clemente Island, Sargassum horneri Add To Light Table
San Clemente Island, aerial photo, steep cliffs and mountainous terrain on the south eastern shore of the island.
Image ID: 25981  
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Ghost lobster trap, abandoned lobster trap, San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 30872  
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Fish hiding in invasive sargassum, Sargassum horneri, San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 30873  
Species: Sargassum horneri
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Blacksmith Chromis and California golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, San Clemente 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, Chromis punctipinnis, Muricea californica Add To Light Table California golden gorgonian and small juvenile sheephead fishes on rocky reef, below kelp forest, 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, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Southern sea palm, palm kelp, underwater, San Clemente Island, Eisenia arborea Add To Light Table
Blacksmith Chromis and California golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, San Clemente 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: 30891  
Species: Blacksmith, California golden gorgonian, Chromis punctipinnis, Muricea californica
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
California golden gorgonian and small juvenile sheephead fishes on rocky reef, below kelp forest, 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: 30903  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Southern sea palm, palm kelp, underwater, San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 30919  
Species: Southern sea palm, Eisenia arborea
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Asparagopsis taxiformis, red marine algae, growing on underwater rocky reef below kelp forest at San Clemente Island, Asparagopsis taxiformis Add To Light Table Southern sea palm (yellow) and surf grass (green), shallow water, San Clemente Island, Eisenia arborea, Phyllospadix 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, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
Asparagopsis taxiformis, red marine algae, growing on underwater rocky reef below kelp forest at San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 30939  
Species: Asparagopsis taxiformis
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Southern sea palm (yellow) and surf grass (green), shallow water, San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 30952  
Species: Southern palm kelp, Surfgrass, Eisenia arborea, Phyllospadix
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: 30955  
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Surfgrass (Phyllospadix), shallow water, San Clemente Island, Phyllospadix 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 California golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef below kelp forest, San Clemente 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, San Clemente 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, Muricea californica Add To Light Table
Surfgrass (Phyllospadix), shallow water, San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 30941  
Species: Surfgrass, Phyllospadix
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: 23446  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
California golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef below kelp forest, San Clemente 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, San Clemente 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: 30893  
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 


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Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Soft Coral  >  Gorgonian
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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Asparagopsis taxiformis
Chromis punctipinnis
Cystoseira osmundacea
Egregia menziesii
Eisenia arborea
Heterostichus rostratus
Hypsypops rubicundus
Lophogorgia chilensis
Macrocystis pyrifera
Muricea californica
Myliobatis californica
Phyllospadix
Phyllospadix sp.
Sargassum horneri
Semicossyphus pulcher
Stephanocystis dioica
Trachurus symmetricus
Triakis semifasciata
Zalophus californianus

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