Live Footage Of A Kelp Forest Near The Anacapa Island

Kelp forests are underwater ecosystems that form in shallow water in densely grown species of kelp. Even though they look like plants, kelp is actually an extremely large type of algae. In ideal conditions, kelp can grow up to 18 inches per day! That's vastly different than their underwater neighbors - coral.

This kelp towers over the ocean floor like a large forest, flowing ever so softly with the sway of the water. Instead of having roots like that of a tree, they have "anchors" called holdfasts that grip onto the rocky floor beneath them. The larger and stronger the rock on which they are attached, the greater the chance of survival.

Watch this mesmerizing live footage captured at the Anacapa Ocean. It's amazing how something so simple can be so mesmerizing! You can see other live video feeds by clicking "NEXT PAGE" below.

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