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.
9/6/2017 (621) It was not what the title suggests. Goat Island was fine, I was lazy. It was my another dive with a half-full tank. Also I didn’t want to swim far away so I decided not to cross the channel, but to explore the overhangs and crevices under the rocky platforms on the right […]
24/11/2016 (605) This was not a very good dive. The sea surface was exceptionally calm (especially for Goat Island), yet the visibility was below the average. Also underwater I could feel quite a strong water movement, that made photography rather difficult. However, I met a large friendly blue cod … the first time after one […]
Meadows of kelp and seaweeds in clear and calm water … that’s a dream that becomes true sometimes. I would prefer to add ‘warm water’ to it as well, however, we all know that’s not how it works. Warm water means no kelp, no undersea jungle. This picture is from Matheson Bay on an exceptionally […]
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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, […]