California Giant Kelp


Juvenile Sheepshead stand in formation in front of a large stand of Giant Kelp at San Clemente Island. California’s Channel Islands are known for large areas of pristine Kelp Forests. El Nino conditions and warmer water temperature’s, however, have threatened the kelp forests of Southern California, with near total depletion of giant kelp in many places and new invasive species taking its place.

Jim Hellemn

Jim Hellemn has made a career out of inventing ways to capture the spectacular colors and details of coral reefs. His images have appeared in National Geographic magazine, the American Museum of Natural History and are featured in several large-scale public attractions.

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