Kelp: The Floating Forests

Kelp: The Floating Forests

What has the world’s fastest linear growth, contains remedies for everything from heartburn to wrinkles, and might be in your t-shirt right now and in the PB&J you had for lunch? If you said giant brown kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera...

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Kelp Rafts

Kelp Rafts

Kelp is anchored in the ocean by a root-like structure called a holdfast. During storms, or when large waves or strong currents come through, kelp can detach from its underlying substrate and begin to drift in the ocean. As the kelp floats along...

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Holdfast: The Anchor of Algae

Holdfast: The Anchor of Algae

Kelp and algae are like the trees and shrubs of the aquatic world except for one important factor, THEY’RE NOT PLANTS!  Kelp is in fact in the Kingdom Protista meaning that among other things it does not use roots to absorb nutrients nor does it...

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