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Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island A kelp forest, with sunbeams passing through kelp fronds.  Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island A SCUBA diver swims through a giant kelp forest which is tilted back by strong ocean currents.   Giant kelp, the fastest plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 00627  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
A kelp forest, with sunbeams passing through kelp fronds. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 02411  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
A SCUBA diver swims through a giant kelp forest which is tilted back by strong ocean currents. Giant kelp, the fastest plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 01107  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Self portrait in kelp forest, Catalina Island, Macrocystis pyrifera Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, Catalina Island Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, Catalina Island
Self portrait in kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 37274  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 33433  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 33434  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, Catalina Island Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, Catalina Island Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, Catalina Island
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 33435  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 33436  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 33437  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, Catalina Island Spanish shawl nudibranch, Flabellina iodinea, Flabellinopsis iodinea, San Diego, California Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 33438  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Spanish shawl nudibranch.
Image ID: 34196  
Species: Purple aeolis, Spanish shawl, Flabellina iodinea, Flabellinopsis iodinea
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 02435  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean, Macrocystis pyrifera, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean, Macrocystis pyrifera, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Giant Kelp Forest, West End Catalina Island, rendered in the round by a circular fisheye lens, Macrocystis pyrifera
Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean.
Image ID: 01078  
Species: Blue shark, Macrocystis pyrifera, Prionace glauca
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean.
Image ID: 01081  
Species: Blue shark, Macrocystis pyrifera, Prionace glauca
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Giant Kelp Forest, West End Catalina Island, rendered in the round by a circular fisheye lens.
Image ID: 37279  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina 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, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Salema schooling amid kelp forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, Xenistius californiensis, Catalina Island Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts. Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest. Catalina Island, California, Macrocystis pyrifera
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: 25396  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Salema schooling amid kelp forest.
Image ID: 01022  
Species: Salema, Macrocystis pyrifera, Xenistius californiensis
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts. Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest. Catalina Island, California.
Image ID: 37282  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Spanish shawl nudibranch, Flabellina iodinea, Flabellinopsis iodinea, San Diego, California The Kelp Forest offshore of La Jolla, California. 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 throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera Pyrosome in Kelp Forest, Santa Barbara Island, Pyrosoma
Spanish shawl nudibranch.
Image ID: 34198  
Species: Purple aeolis, Spanish shawl, Flabellina iodinea, Flabellinopsis iodinea
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
The Kelp Forest offshore of La Jolla, California. 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 throughout California's Southern Channel Islands.
Image ID: 30986  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
 
Pyrosome in Kelp Forest, Santa Barbara Island.
Image ID: 35826  
Species: Pyrosome, Pyrosoma
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds showing pneumatocysts, bouyant gas-filled bubble-like structures which float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface, where it will spread to form a roof-like canopy, Santa Barbara Island Kelp Forest, Santa Barbara Island Sunlight glows throughout a giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Kelp fronds showing pneumatocysts, bouyant gas-filled bubble-like structures which float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface, where it will spread to form a roof-like canopy.
Image ID: 35827  
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Kelp Forest, Santa Barbara Island.
Image ID: 35830  
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Sunlight glows throughout a giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 37086  
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, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Garibaldi maintains a patch of algae (just in front of the fish) to entice a female to lay a clutch of eggs Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts, giant kelp forest, Catalina Island
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: 37100  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Garibaldi maintains a patch of algae (just in front of the fish) to entice a female to lay a clutch of eggs.
Image ID: 37144  
 
Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts, giant kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 37193  
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts, giant kelp forest, Catalina Island Chestnut cowrie with mantle withdrawn, in front of golden gorgonian, Cypraea spadicea, San Diego, California Eye-to-eye with a brilliantly-colored Spanish shawl nudibranch, Flabellinopsis iodinea, San Diego, Flabellinopsis iodinea
Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts, giant kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 37199  
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Chestnut cowrie with mantle withdrawn, in front of golden gorgonian.
Image ID: 37289  
Species: Chestnut Cowrie, Date Cowrie, Cypraea spadicea
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Eye-to-eye with a brilliantly-colored Spanish shawl nudibranch, Flabellinopsis iodinea, San Diego.
Image ID: 37290  
Species: Spanish shawl nudibranch, Flabellinopsis iodinea
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 


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Categories Appearing Among These Images:
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Sperm Whale
Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Behavior  >  Schooling
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Damselfish (Pomacentridae)  >  Garibaldi
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Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Mackerel (Scombridae)
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Salema (Haemulidae)
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Wrasse (Labridae)
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Soft Coral  >  Gorgonian
Animal  >  Ray  >  Bat Ray
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Gallery  >  Catalina Island Underwater
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Gallery  >  La Jolla
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Location  >  Oceans  >  Atlantic  >  Azores Islands
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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Cypraea spadicea
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Flabellinopsis iodinea
Hypsypops rubicundus
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Lophogorgia chilensis
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