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Kelp Forests by Ralph Pace (16) More files...
Ralph takes us below the waves to explore the wildlife and threats to California's kelp forest. While purple sea urchins may look unimposing they can do great damage as a group. If the echinoderm population is unchecked by predators such as seals and otters the urchins feed upon the holdfasts in the kelp forest killing the seaweed. The resulting ecosystem is called an urchin barren.
Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) in kelp forest, Monterey, California
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00642043 Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) in kelp forest, Monterey, California© Ralph Pace
Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus) on kelp, California
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00642089 Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus) on kelp, California© Ralph Pace
Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) barren, Carmel, California
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00642038 Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) barren, Carmel, California© Ralph Pace
Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) group feeding in kelp forest, Monterey, California
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00642047 Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) group feeding in kelp forest, Monterey, California© Ralph Pace
Kelp Rockfish (Sebastes atrovirens) in Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest, Monterey, California
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00642042 Kelp Rockfish (Sebastes atrovirens) in Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest, Monterey, California© Ralph Pace
Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) group feeding on last kelp in barren, Monterey, California
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00642046 Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) group feeding on last kelp in barren, Monterey, California© Ralph Pace
Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) barren, Van Damme State Beach, California
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00642050 Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) barren, Van Damme State Beach, California© Ralph Pace
Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) group feeding on kelp holdfast, Monterey, California
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00642041 Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) group feeding on kelp holdfast, Monterey, California© Ralph Pace
Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest, one of last remaining forests in the area, Mendocino, California
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00642085 Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest, one of last remaining forests in the area, Mendocino, California© Ralph Pace
Kelp (Macrocystis sp) forest, Monterey Bay, California
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00642083 Kelp (Macrocystis sp) forest, Monterey Bay, California© Ralph Pace
Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) barren, Mendocino, California
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00642039 Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) barren, Mendocino, California© Ralph Pace
Blue Rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) school in kelp forest, Monterey Bay, California
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00642044 Blue Rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) school in kelp forest, Monterey Bay, California© Ralph Pace
Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) feeding on fallen kelp frond, Monterey, California
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00642048 Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) feeding on fallen kelp frond, Monterey, California© Ralph Pace
Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) group feeding on last kelp in barren, Mendocino, California
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00642051 Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) group feeding on last kelp in barren, Mendocino, California© Ralph Pace
Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), Monterey, California
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00642040 Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), Monterey, California© Ralph Pace
Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) in kelp forest, Monterey, California
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00642045 Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) in kelp forest, Monterey, California© Ralph Pace
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