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Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola with diver Photos
Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola with diver
The heaviest Sunfish on record was taken in Japan. At nearly 9 feet long it weighed over 5,000 pounds.
species: Mola mola
photo-id: FMO-032 request pricing Google Earth

Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola Images
Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola
Estimated lifespan can likely exceed 20 years.
species: Mola mola
photo-id: FMO-035 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola under drift kelp
Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola under drift kelp
Feed on jellyfish and other plankton. Weight to 3000 lbs. Often found beneath drift kelp.
species: Mola mola
photo-id: FMO-042 request pricing Google Earth

Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola Pictures
Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola
species: Mola mola
photo-id: FMO-048 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola
Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola
Feed on jellyfish and other plankton. Weight to 3000 lbs. Often found beneath drift kelp.
species: Mola mola
photo-id: FMO-049 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of Yellowtail
Yellowtail
Fast growing pelagic schooling gamefish. Migrates off California in summer months.
species: Seriola lalandi
photo-id: FYE-003 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of Red Gorgonian & Juvenile Sheephead
Red Gorgonian & Juvenile Sheephead
Distinctive red sea fan has red branches with white polyps. In depths to 200 feet.
species: Lophogorgia chilensis
photo-id: GOR-002 request pricing Google Earth

Red Gorgonian Stock Photography
Red Gorgonian
Distinctive red sea fan has red branches with white polyps. In depths to 200 feet.
species: Lophogorgia chilensis
photo-id: GOR-004 request pricing Google Earth

Red Gorgonian Photos
Red Gorgonian
Distinctive red sea fan has red branches with white polyps. In depths to 200 feet.
species: Lophogorgia chilensis
photo-id: GOR-005 request pricing Google Earth

Red Gorgonian Images
Red Gorgonian
Distinctive red sea fan has red branches with white polyps. In depths to 200 feet.
species: Lophogorgia chilensis
photo-id: GOR-011 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of Harbor Seal Underwater
Harbor Seal Underwater
They spend about half their time on land and half in water sometimes sleeping in the water.
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-001 request pricing Google Earth

Harbor Seal Pictures
Harbor Seal
Earless seal. Enjoy hauling out and basking in the sun. Can remain submerged for nearly 30 minutes.
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-003 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of Harbor Seal in Kelp Forest
Harbor Seal in Kelp Forest
They spend about half their time on land and half in water sometimes sleeping in the water.
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-004 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of Harbor Seal
Harbor Seal
Earless seal. Enjoy hauling out and basking in the sun. Can remain submerged for nearly 30 minutes.
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-007 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of Harbor Seal
Harbor Seal
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-010 request pricing Google Earth

Harbor Seal Stock Photography
Harbor Seal
Earless seal. Enjoy hauling out and basking in the sun. Can remain submerged for nearly 30 minutes.
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-013 request pricing Google Earth

Harbor Seal Photos
Harbor Seal
Harbor seals have spotted coats in a variety of shades from silver-gray to black or dark brown.
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-014 request pricing Google Earth

Harbor Seal Underwater Images
Harbor Seal Underwater
Earless seal. Enjoy hauling out and basking in the sun. Can remain submerged for nearly 30 minutes.
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-022 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of Harbor Seal Underwater
Harbor Seal Underwater
This ones a fatty.
species: Phoca vitulina
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Kelp Forest - Garibaldi Pictures
Kelp Forest - Garibaldi
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
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Stock photos of California Kelp Forest - Garibaldi
California Kelp Forest - Garibaldi
The Garibaldi is likely the most recognized of California Kelp Forest inhabitants. Its bright orange coloration is unmistakable against the dark green of the kelp.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
photo-id: KLG-002 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of Kelp Forest - Frond Closeup
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
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Stock images of California Kelp Forest
California Kelp Forest
The term kelp refers to marine algae belonging to the taxonomic order Laminariales also called brown algae.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
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Kelp Forest - Frond Closeup Stock Photography
Kelp Forest - Frond Closeup
The round bulbs at the base of each blade are called pneumatocysts. Each one is a gas filled bladder that provides buoyancy. Collectively they assist in keeping the kelp plant in an upright position.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
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California Kelp Forest Photos
California Kelp Forest
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
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California Kelp Forest - Frond Closeup Images
California Kelp Forest - Frond Closeup
The round bulbs at the base of each blade are called pneumatocysts. Each one is a gas filled bladder that provides buoyancy. Collectively they assist in keeping the kelp plant in an upright position.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
photo-id: KLG-021 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of Kelp Forest - with Red Sea Urchin
Kelp Forest - with Red Sea Urchin
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-027 request pricing Google Earth

Kelp Forest - Surface Canopy Pictures
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

Stock photos of Kelp Forest - From Surface
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
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Pictures 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

Stock images of California Kelp Forest
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

Kelp Forest - Stipe and Bladders Detail Stock Photography
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

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

species represented
Lophogorgia chilensis, Macrocystis pyrifera, Mola mola, Phoca vitulina, Seriola lalandi

keywords
Beds, Bladder, Diver, Drift Kelp, Fans, Fish, Fishes, Fishing, Frond, Fronds, Gamefish, Giant Kelp, Kelps, Macrocystis,
Mammal, Open Ocean, Paddy Patty, Patties, Pattys, Pelagic, Pinniped, Pinnipeds, Polyp, Polyps, Professional California Stock,
Schooling, Scuba Diver, Sea Fan, Seals, Seaweed, State

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external links - (Links to external website reference material.)
| Encyclopedia Britannica Harbor Seal | Encyclopedia Britannica Mola | Marine Mammal Center Pacific Harbor Seal |
| Monterey Bay Aquarium | NOAA Fisheries Harbor Seal | National Geographic Harbor Seal | National Geographic Mola mola |
| PBS Website - Kelp Forest | Wikipedia - Seaweed | Wikipedia Harbor Seal | Wikipedia Kelp Forest | http://www.oceansunfish.org/ |

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