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A vertical view of a giant kelp plant, showing its...

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Caption: A vertical view of a giant kelp plant, showing its holdfast attached to the rocky reef (at bottom of frame) and reproductive blades, called "sporophylls," just above the holdfast. Its huge fronds, buoyed by small gas sacs, called "pneumatocysts," trail upwards 60-feet, to the ocean's surface -- in a giant kelp forest in Carmel Bay, near Point Lobos, California.
Scientific name: Macroycystis pyrifera
Location: Carmel Bay, near Point Lobos, Carmel, California, Pacific Ocean
Copyright: © Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Photographer Code: MA75115
AGPix ID: AGPix_ChDaTiFl26_0125
Photo Alignment: 35mm (vertical)
Comments: Carmel Bay, where this photo was taken, is adjacent to the Point Lobos State Reserve and is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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