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Detail shot of a giant kelp plant, showing its stem-like...

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Caption: Detail shot of a giant kelp plant, showing its stem-like stipe, spherical gas-filled bladders or "pneumatocyts" and blades, in a giant kelp forest at Santa Catalina Island, California.
Scientific name: Macrocystis pyrifera
Copyright: © Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Photographer Code: MA48918
AGPix ID: AGPix_ChDaTiFl26_0085
Photo Alignment: 35mm (horizontal)
Comments: Collectively, the giant kelp stipe, pneumatocysts and blades form a "frond." Many fronds may typically grow from the giant kelp plant's basal holdfast, forming thick stalks of giant kelp. The kelp frond featured in this photograph is fairly young as evidenced by its very clean surface: Older kelp fronds, perhaps five or sixth months old, may become heavily encrusted with bryozoans and other surface algae.

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