Kelp

Kelp Forests, a natural playground and refuge for sealife.

Swimming gently through a lush kelp forest or being sloshed around in the surge while the kelp clings to the rocks. This is where  so much life exists and photographic opportunities abound. The lighting is usually dappled and bright, affording good colour and contrast. Kelp is a family of algae and ranges in size from small clumps to the 100 foot deep forests of Giant Kelp.  Kelp forests and associated habitats are the natural nurseries of the ocean, with so many fish spending part or all of their life here.
Click HERE for an interesting artcle on Giant Kelp Forests. These are predominant in California but there are smaller amounts growing on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in the exposed areas.