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Images of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

kelp forest

Look just offshore, and all you'll see of the kelp forest is a brown tangle of seaweed at the surface of the sea. But down below, majestic kelp plants tower 100 feet above the ocean floor forming a lush forest teeming with life. The plant and animal communities of this nearshore habitat rival coral reefs and rain forests for richness and diversity


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