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Kelp Forest at Catalina Marine Reserve Underwater View – LIVECAM

by Andrea Greengard
Kelp Forest at Catalina Marine Reserve
Kelp Forest at Catalina Marine Reserve

Check out this live underwater view of the kelp forest at Catalina Marine Reserve. Established in 2019, this underwater camera sits below the dock of the Wrigley Marine Science Center. It is located in the Blue Cavern Marine Protected Area at Catalina Island. Its part of a statewide network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) safeguards California’s rich coastal resources. Catalina is a crown jewel of the state, where beneath the waves lie some of California’s richest marine habitats. For example, you will continuously see views of eelgrass and elk kelp beds, interfaces of sandy bottoms and rocky reef kelp forests.

Its deep waters provide homes for hundreds of species of fish, shellfish, marine mammals and seabirds. These pristine waters also provide opportunities for recreational and educational activities such as kayaking, snorkeling and diving. The Marine Protected Area here has been heavily studied and contributed to MPA research since 1989.

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