Giant Kelp

Macrocystis pyrifera

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Macrocystis pyrifera, commonly known as giant kelp or giant bladder kelp, is a species of kelp (large brown algae), and one of four species in the genus Macrocystis. Giant kelp is common along the coast of the eastern Pacific Ocean, from Baja California north to southeast Alaska, and is also found in the southern oceans near South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Individual algae may grow to more than 45 metres (150 feet) long...

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  1. (c) Shannon DeVaney, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/3933466
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrocystis_pyrifera

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