Bull Kelp
(Nereocystis luetkeana)

image of a Bull Kelp

Image ID: 241-00

Other shots:  image of a Bull Kelp
Comments : This is the root cluster of the bull kelp, called the holdfast. Those giant strands of algae are held in place by this mass of root fingers that attach themselves to a hard substrate. These clusters also provide shelter for many invertebrate species.
Common name : Bull Kelp
Scientific Name : Nereocystis luetkeana
Location Found : Waadah Island Fingers, Strait of Juan de Fuca
Actual Size : 2.5 inches across
Camera Used : Canon D60 digital in Ikelite Housing
Natural History :