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kelp forest

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brittany laurenti

on 7 April 2011

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Transcript of kelp forest

Kelp Forest Location in ocean(zone)
•Euphotic(Epiplagic) Appearance
•Blades function like leaves of a tree
•Stipe like a stem or trunk connecting the blades to the holdfast
•Holdfast – Kelp is firmly attached to the seafloor by a holdfast Conditions
• Clear shallow water
• Rarely deeper than 15-40 meters
•Larger forests restricted to tempertures less than 20 degrees celcius
•Cold nutrient-rich water
•Macrocytis 30 cm per day Fauna(animals)
Leopard shark
•swims around the kelp forest California sheephead
•active during the day
at night sleep in mucus cocoons Kelp bass
•drift along as plankton and settle on blades of giant kelp

Bat star
•live on the ocean bottom in the sand Rockfish
•swim short distances than return back to the kelp forest Garibaldi
•uses of loud clicking sound
to indicate their territory Brittany Laurenti Fauna(plants) Fauchea
•Found growing of rocks Cystoseira Osmundacea
•Can form a surface canopy in the summer Red Coralline Algae
•Commonly forms large turfs Surfgrass
•Has an anchoring system that withstands tidal currents and moderate wave action
Fasinating Species Ocean Sunfish
•eats jellyfish, squid, fish, crustaceans, sea sponges.
•predator and prey
•can lay up to 5 million eggs at one time
•They are mostly alone rarely in groups Garibaldi
•Insects and foliage
•uses it bright colors to ward off potential predators
•in the summer males construct a nest and females come there to lay eggs
•communicate by loud clicking noise
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