A drifting paddy of giant kelp with a Heermann's gull on top and a California sea lion in the water. Giant kelp paddies like this are oasis for life on the open ocean.
Macrocystis pyrifera drifting paddy Zalophus & Larus heermanni 2014 09-09 SB Channel-x-014
Clear and blue Velella velella jellies are seen entangled in giant kelp and surf grass on the open ocean. Velella is propelled by wind across the open ocean and may get "stuck" when it collides with detached giant kelp paddies.
Macrocystis Velella Phyllospadix paddy 2014 08-13 SB Channel-c-021
A close up look at a drifting giant kelp plant that continues to actively grow as indicated by several apical fronds. The rapid growth tips of the stipes are an array of fronds that show a gradient in bladder (pneumatocyst) sizes as the fronds each grow larger in turn
Macrocystis pyrifera floating paddy apical fronds 2014 07-15 SB Channel-009
A wide view of a drifting giant kelp plant (and some green surfgrass in the lower corner). Giant kelp may become detached from the shallow rock reefs on which they live by big surf
Macrocystis pyrifera floating paddy apical fronds 2014 07-15 SB Channel-006