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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Giant Kelp Beyond the Breakers

Historic Cannery Row

 
 
Giant Kelp Beyond the Breakers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. Giant Kelp Beyond the Breakers Marker
[Photograph captions; left & right] Photograph courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Inscription. Off the coast and beyond the breaking waves, giant kelp provides a lush home for marine life. Holding fast to the rocky bottom, these huge plants grow upward then spread their green-gold fronds across the water, creating a dense canopy of growth – much like a forest on land. In the spreading fronds at the surface, you might see a sea otter mom tending a pup, a seabird snacking on tiny animals or a sea lion gliding gracefully by.

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′ 

Giant Kelp Beyond the Breakers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. Giant Kelp Beyond the Breakers Marker
W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Cannery Row. Touch for map. This marker located on the bayfront promenade to the right of the Clement Monterey hotel, 750 Cannery Row. Marker is at or near this postal address: 750 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. Environment
 
The Bayfront Promenade image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
3. The Bayfront Promenade
 
 
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 407 times since then and 24 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.
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