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Title: Kelp Forest
Description: Kelp forests are often called the rainforest of the sea. They support wide varieties of marine life. Sea otters are both a sentinal and a keystone species for the health of kelp forests. Without sea otters, there is a shift in the ecosystem that can severly damage the kelp forests. USGS scientists study sea otters and the ecosystems in which they live in efforts to help the threatened species continue to recover from near extinction.
Location: Monterey Bay, CA, USA
Date Taken: Aug 9 2008
Photographer: Tania Larson
Usage: This image is public domain/of free use unless otherwise stated. Please refer to the USGS Copyright section for how to credit the photo.
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