Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera

Home  |  Blog  |  Image Search  |  Contact
Search:
Kelp detail showing pneumatocysts (air bladders) attached to stipe, San Diego. California, USA, Macrocystis pyrifera, natural history stock photograph, photo id 02126
Gas bladders -- pneumatocysts -- connect the kelp's stipes ("stems") to its blades ("leaves"). These bladders help elevate the kelp plant from the bottom, towards sunlight and the water's surface.

Kelp detail showing pneumatocysts (air bladders) attached to stipe, San Diego. California, USA

Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: California
Image ID: 02126
Format: Film 3:2
Categories:
Copyright ©Phillip Colla, all rights reserved worldwide.
This professional quality stock photo can be licensed in high resolution form by contacting the photographer: Phillip Colla, photos@oceanlight.com, (760) 707-7153, more info and photographer bio.