Kelp Forest

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    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)

    Dianlisa, everlasting.bass, and 22 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. alleged floor [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

      wonderful light and perspective

    2. lauravblackwell 52 months ago | reply

      I love this photo. I used it at my fiction site at . Thanks for providing so much information with it, and for putting it under a CC license.

    3. Gildenjen 37 months ago | reply

      Great photo. Using this in the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Fall 2015 newsletter in story on groundfish essential fish habitat.

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