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Kelp Forest | by NOAA's National Ocean Service
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Kelp Forest

In ideal conditions, kelp can grow up to 18 inches per day, and in stark contrast to the colorful and slow-growing corals, the giant kelp canopies tower above the ocean floor. Like trees in a forest, these giant algae provide food and shelter for many organisms. Also like a terrestrial forest, kelp forests experience seasonal changes. Storms and large weather events, like El Niño, can tear and dislodge the kelp, leaving a tattered winter forest to begin its growth again each spring.

 

(Original source and more information: NOAA National Ocean Service Ocean Facts)

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Taken on December 11, 2013