Giant kelp forest

Giant kelp forest

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Credit: GREGORY OCHOCKI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Giant kelp. Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest underwater. Giant kelp is the largest of the Pacific kelps and can grow more than 45 centimetres per day. M. pyrifera is usually found in large beds or forests (as seen here). It is an ecologically and economically important species of marine algae. Giant kelp forests are home to hundreds of marine invertebrates, fish and mammals and are harvested for their algin content. This substance is an ingredient in a wide range of household products, including toothpaste, cosmetics and ice cream. Photographed off the Californian coast, USA.

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Keywords: alga, algae, algal, american, botany, californian, giant kelp, habitat, macrocystis pyrifera, marine, nature, ocean, plant, sea, seaweed, seaweed forest, underwater, united states, usa

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