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Kelp of Cat Rock, Anacapa Island | by NOAA's National Ocean Service
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Kelp of Cat Rock, Anacapa Island

Kelp forests can be seen along much of the west coast of North America. Kelp are large brown algae that live in cool, relatively shallow waters close to the shore. They grow in dense groupings much like a forest on land. These underwater towers of kelp provide food and shelter for thousands of fish, invertebrates, and marine mammal species.


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(Original source: What is a kelp forest?, Ocean Facts)

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Taken on October 18, 2006