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Giant Kelp The world’s fastest growing species grows up to 2 feet (half a meter) a day, reaching forest proportions. Geotagged,Giant kelp,Macrocystis pyrifera,United States Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Giant Kelp

The world’s fastest growing species grows up to 2 feet (half a meter) a day, reaching forest proportions.

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  1. This is only the 2nd kelp on the site, a very welcome addition. Posted 7 years ago

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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, and Australia. Individual algae may grow to more than 45 metres long at a rate of as much as 2 feet per day. Giant kelp grows in dense stands.. more

Similar species: Laminariales
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Uploaded Sep 12, 2014. Captured Apr 28, 2007 17:12 in 39800-40696 Palo Colorado Road, Carmel, CA 93923, USA.
  • NIKON D50
  • f/3.8
  • 10/6400s
  • 28mm