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Creatures of the Kelp Forest

Kelp forests aren't just a bunch of seaweed -- there's all kinds of marine creatures that depend on them for life.

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Giant kelp, underwater kelp forest - San Clemente Island, California by Phillip Colla.

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The Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit is an underwater forest where kelp plants grow like tall trees, fish swim through the fronds like birds and abalone, sea urchins and rock lobsters feed and take cover among the root-like holdfasts. Kelp forests are currently displayed in only three aquariums in the world – Monterey Bay Aquarium in California in the United States, the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in Taiwan and Two Oceans Aquarium.

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