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

Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola under drift kelp Images
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

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

Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola Pictures
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

Stock photos of Red Gorgonian
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

Pictures of Red Gorgonian
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

Stock images of Red Gorgonian
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

Harbor Seal in Kelp Forest Stock Photography
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

Kelp Forest - Garibaldi Photos
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
photo-id: KLG-001 request pricing Google Earth

California Kelp Forest - Garibaldi Images
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

Stock photography 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
photo-id: KLG-004 request pricing Google Earth

California Kelp Forest Pictures
California Kelp Forest
The term kelp refers to marine algae belonging to the taxonomic order Laminariales also called brown algae.
species: Macrocystis pyrifera
photo-id: KLG-005 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of Kelp Forest - Frond Closeup
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-009 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of California Kelp Forest
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
photo-id: KLG-014 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of California Kelp Forest - Frond Closeup
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

Kelp Forest - with Red Sea Urchin  Stock Photography
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 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 Two Spot Octopus
Two Spot Octopus
Normally found in crevices or caves among rocky reef structure.
species: Octopus bimaculatus
photo-id: OCT-003 request pricing

Pictures 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

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-010 request pricing Google Earth

Red Octopus - On Squid Eggs Stock Photography
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

see also
| Algae | Anemones | Bat Ray | Birch Aquarium | Black Seabass | California Moray Eel | California Sea Lion | Dolphin |
| Drift Kelp | Fur Seal | 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 | Wolf Eel |

species represented
Gymnothorax mordax, Lophogorgia chilensis, Macrocystis pyrifera, Mola mola, Octopus bimaculatus, Octopus rubescens,
Phoca vitulina

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

related blog posts
California Elkhorn Kelp
Harbor Seal Lounging in Drift Kelp
Humpback Whale on a Kelp Patty
Kelp Forest
Macrocystis California Kelp Forest
Ocean Sunfish or Mola mola Under Drift Kelp
The MLPA Debate and a Garibaldi in a Kelp Forest

external links - (Links to external website reference material.)
| Encyclopedia Britannica Mola | Monterey Bay Aquarium | National Geographic Mola mola | PBS Website - Kelp Forest |
| Wikipedia - Seaweed | Wikipedia Kelp Forest |

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