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Kelp Forest - Surface Canopy Photos
Kelp Forest - Surface Canopy
Under ideal conditions Macrocystis can reach lengths of 100 feet or more within 1 to 2 years. A Kelp Forest supports an incredibly diverse community of marine life made up of nearly 800 known species.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
photo-id: KLG-034 request pricing Google Earth

Kelp Forest - From Surface  Images
Kelp Forest - From Surface
As the oceans equivalent of trees, a kelp plant shares many of their features. At the base is a large structure called a holdfast which form the roots. Then there is the stipes which make up its trunk and branches. Flat blade like structures then form the leaves.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
photo-id: KLG-035 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of California Kelp Forest - Frond Closeup
California Kelp Forest - Frond Closeup
Kelp forests have and continue to be the focus of much scientific research in California as they are a highly productive marine ecosystem which has been heavily impacted by pollution and over fishing.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
photo-id: KLG-036 request pricing Google Earth

California Kelp Forest  Pictures
California Kelp Forest
Under ideal conditions Macrocystis can reach lengths of 100 feet or more within 1 to 2 years. A Kelp Forest supports an incredibly diverse community of marine life made up of nearly 800 known species.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
photo-id: KLG-037 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of Kelp Forest - Stipe and Bladders Detail
Kelp Forest - Stipe and Bladders Detail
Kelp is commercially harvested for Algin a compound used as a smoothing agent in hundreds of products. A few examples include cosmetics salad dressings canned foods and frozen foods such as ice cream. Only the upper canopy is cut away much like mowing a lawn. The Kelp Forest quickly re-grows and can be harvested multiple times per year.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
photo-id: KLG-046 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of Kelp Forest - Stipe and Bladders Detail
Kelp Forest - Stipe and Bladders Detail
Kelp forests are playing a key role in the establishment of Marine Protected Areas MPAs along the California coast. The goal being to set aside large areas of coastline as protected no take zones.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
photo-id: KLG-053 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of California Moray Eel with Cleaner Shrimp
California Moray Eel with Cleaner Shrimp
The only Moray Eel found in California. Feeds on crabs fish lobster & sea urchins. Length to 5 feet.
species: Gymnothorax mordax
photo-id: MOR-001 request pricing

California Moray Eel Stock Photography
California Moray Eel
The only Moray Eel found in California. Feeds on crabs fish lobster & sea urchins. Length to 5 feet.
species: Gymnothorax mordax
photo-id: MOR-007 request pricing

California Moray Eel with Cleaner Shrimp Photos
California Moray Eel with Cleaner Shrimp
The only Moray Eel found in California. Feeds on crabs fish lobster & sea urchins. Length to 5 feet.
species: Gymnothorax mordax
photo-id: MOR-008 request pricing

California Moray Eel Images
California Moray Eel
The only Moray Eel found in California. Feeds on crabs fish lobster & sea urchins. Length to 5 feet.
species: Gymnothorax mordax
photo-id: MOR-011 request pricing

Stock photography of California Moray Eel
California Moray Eel
The only Moray Eel found in California. Feeds on crabs fish lobster & sea urchins. Length to 5 feet.
species: Gymnothorax mordax
photo-id: MOR-013 request pricing

California Moray Eel Pictures
California Moray Eel
The only Moray Eel found in California. Feeds on crabs fish lobster & sea urchins. Length to 5 feet.
species: Gymnothorax mordax
photo-id: MOR-014 request pricing

Stock photos of Red Octopus
Red Octopus
Very common small octopus in California. Found around rocky reef as well as sand substrate.
species: Octopus rubescens
photo-id: OCT-007 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of Red Octopus - On Squid Eggs
Red Octopus - On Squid Eggs
Very common small octopus in California. Found around rocky reef as well as sand substrate.
species: Octopus rubescens
photo-id: OCT-010 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of Red Octopus - On Squid Eggs
Red Octopus - On Squid Eggs
Very common small octopus in California. Found around rocky reef as well as sand substrate.
species: Octopus rubescens
photo-id: OCT-012 request pricing

California Sea Otter Gulls After a Free Lunch Stock Photography
California Sea Otter Gulls After a Free Lunch
Otters live in shallow coastal waters among kelp beds and areas rich with shellfish.
species: Enhydra lutris
photo-id: OTT-003 request pricing Google Earth

California Sea Otter Photos
California Sea Otter
Otters live in shallow coastal waters among kelp beds and areas rich with shellfish.
species: Enhydra lutris
photo-id: OTT-007 request pricing Google Earth

California Sea Otter Images
California Sea Otter
Sea Otters have no blubber layer unlike seals and sea lions otters rely completely on their thick fur to trap air for insulation.
species: Enhydra lutris
photo-id: OTT-008 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of California Sea Otter
California Sea Otter
Otters live in shallow coastal waters among kelp beds and areas rich with shellfish.
species: Enhydra lutris
photo-id: OTT-011 request pricing Google Earth

California Sea Otter Pictures
California Sea Otter
Otters live in shallow coastal waters among kelp beds and areas rich with shellfish.
species: Enhydra lutris
photo-id: OTT-014 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of California Sea Otter
California Sea Otter
Otters live in shallow coastal waters among kelp beds and areas rich with shellfish.
species: Enhydra lutris
photo-id: OTT-021 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of California Sea Lion
California Sea Lion
Common eared seal. Coat is light tan when dry dark brown to black when wet.
species: Zalophus californianus
photo-id: SEL-005 request pricing

Stock images of California Sea Lion Underwater
California Sea Lion Underwater
Common eared seal. Coat is light tan when dry dark brown to black when wet.
species: Zalophus californianus
photo-id: SEL-009 request pricing Google Earth

California Sea Lion Pursuing baitfish Stock Photography
California Sea Lion Pursuing baitfish
Common eared seal. Coat is light tan when dry dark brown to black when wet.
species: Zalophus californianus
photo-id: SEL-027 request pricing

California Sea Lion in kelp forest Photos
California Sea Lion in kelp forest
Common eared seal. Coat is light tan when dry dark brown to black when wet.
species: Zalophus californianus
photo-id: SEL-034 request pricing

California Sea Lion Images
California Sea Lion
Common eared seal. Coat is light tan when dry dark brown to black when wet.
species: Zalophus californianus
photo-id: SEL-036 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of California Sea Lion in kelp forest
California Sea Lion in kelp forest
Common eared seal. Coat is light tan when dry dark brown to black when wet.
species: Zalophus californianus
photo-id: SEL-037 request pricing

California Sea Lion in kelp forest Pictures
California Sea Lion in kelp forest
Common eared seal. Coat is light tan when dry dark brown to black when wet.
species: Zalophus californianus
photo-id: SEL-044 request pricing

Stock photos of Horn Shark Free Swimming
Horn Shark Free Swimming
Brown to grey coloration. Large spines in front of each dorsal fin. Length to 4 feet.
species: Heterodontus francisci
photo-id: SHG-006 request pricing

Pictures of Purple Sea Urchins Feeding on Kelp
Purple Sea Urchins Feeding on Kelp
Short spines and deep purple coloration make this urchin easily identifiable. Diameter to 3.5 inches.
species: Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
photo-id: SUR-002 request pricing

Stock images of Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp
Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp
Color ranges from red to almost brown to dark purple. Diameter to 9 inches.
species: Strongylocentrotus franciscanus
photo-id: SUR-003 request pricing

Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp Stock Photography
Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp
Color ranges from red to almost brown to dark purple. Diameter to 9 inches.
species: Strongylocentrotus franciscanus
photo-id: SUR-004 request pricing

see also
| Algae | Anemones | Bat Ray | Birch Aquarium | Black Seabass | California Moray Eel | California Sea Lion | Dolphin |
| Drift Kelp | Fur Seal | Garibaldi | Gorgonians | Harbor Seal | Harbor Seals | Hydrocoral | Kelp Crab | Kelp Forest |
| Marine Fish | Marine Invertebrates | Marine Mammals | Northern Elephant Seal | Octopus | Otters | Sea Lion | Sea Otter |
| Sharks Common to California | Sheephead | Spiny Lobster | Squid | Starfish | Threatened Species | Urchins | Whales |
| Wolf Eel |

species represented
Enhydra lutris, Gymnothorax mordax, Heterodontus francisci, Macrocystis pyrifera, Octopus rubescens, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus,
Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, Zalophus californianus

keywords
Beds, Big Sur, Bladder, Eels, Endangered Species, Fishes, Frond, Fronds, Giant Kelp, Gull, Gulls, Harem, Horned, Kelp Forest,
Kelps, Lions, Macrocystis, Monterey, Moray, Otters, Pelts, Pinniped, Pinnipeds, Seagull, Seagulls, Seal, Sealion,
Sealions, Seaweed, Sharks, Silhouette, Silhouettes, Spines, Tentacles, Underwater, Urchin, Western, Pyrifera

related blog posts
Macrocystis California Kelp Forest

external links - (Links to external website reference material.)
| Marine Mammal Center California Sea Lion | Wikipedia California Sea Lion |

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