Giant Kelp Beyond the Breakers
Historic Cannery Row
Kelp forests have been important to humans for thousands of years – from the Rumsien people paddling their tule balsas in search of kelp forest fish, to the Spanish and Mexican fur traders hunting otters resting in the canopy, to divers and kayakers exploring this rich habitat.
Monterey Bay is now part of a federally protected marine area – the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which stretches from San Francisco to San Simeon. Designated in 1992, the sanctuary is one of the growing number of special underwater areas all over the world that are protected for their rich and diverse communities of marine life. Activities that could harm the sanctuary’s health – oil drilling and ocean dumping – are prohibited, while many others, like diving and fishing are allowed.
Location. 36° 37.02′ N, 121° 54.014′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fish Hoppers (here, next to this marker); Silver Harvest (a few steps from this marker); Fiction (within shouting distance of this marker); The Del Mar Canning Company, 1927-1947 (within shouting distance of this marker); Science (within shouting distance of this marker); Ed Ricketts’s Backyard (within shouting distance of this marker); One Man, Two Worlds (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Real “Docs” (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
Also see . . . The Kelp Forest. The Kelp Forests are very different from the other habitats. The kelp forest is a forest, but it is not a forest of trees. It is made of seaweed called giant kelp. Giant kelp grows in cool coastal waters where sunlight can go down to a rocky sea floor. (Submitted on May 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 418 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.