Dense kelp forest of brown stalked sea weed Ecklonia radiata on rocky reef in Leigh, New Zealand. Thick canopy of kelp fronds limit light penetration and create unique habitat and quiet twilight atmosphere.
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This is Matheson Bay on a good day. For me it’s almost unbelievable how the visibility can change there. Usually it’s a couple of metres … that means it’s diveable, but nothing great. Sometimes it can get very murky. Zero visibility on the beach, 1-3 metres at the island. Then there are those good days. […]
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Not a very usual sight, a large Cook’s turban shell (Cookia sulcata) climbing up brown kelp Ecklonia radiata. As far as I know, they usually crawl on rocks where they graze short algae. Perhaps they can find something tasty on the fronds as well. Often where you can find turban shells, you meet stingrays as well, […]
My friend Konstantin partially hidden in brown seaweeds. I use the word “seaweeds” because it is commonly used for this kind of water plants, but they are actually kelp. I’ve made this picture just out of Matheson Bay in Leigh on the left side of the beach. We swam through the narrow channel between the […]