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Giant Kelp

Giant Kelp
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Copyright: ML LGB (mlgb) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 31] (125)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Olympus D-560 Zoom
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-30 12:14
Viewed: 4691
Points: 2
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Washed up kelp pad and shingle on the beach at Manuka Bay, near Cheviot, north of Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island. Bull kelp
Bull kelp or rimurapa (Durvillaea species) is the most striking seaweed of the exposed coasts. Its tough, flexible fronds are secured to intertidal rocks by a solid disc-shaped holdfast capable of withstanding tremendous forces when storm waves crash onto reefs and cliffs. The seaweed grows to 10 metres in length and can live for 10 years. Bull kelp forests are highly productive systems, contributing vast quantities of organic matter and nutrients to coastal food chains.

Four species of bull kelp are found around New Zealand, and the most common, Durvillaea antarctica, also grows around the subantarctic islands and southern coasts of South America. Fronds of Durvillaea antarctica have an internal honeycomb-like tissue, full of air, which keeps the blade buoyant. (source: www.teara.govt.nz)

Manuka Bay is situated on the North Canterbury East Coast between Gore Bay and the Hurunui River Mouth. The Beach Manuka Bay is a large picturesque beach mainly sand with some areas of small pebbles. Around the headland at the west end of the beach is the Hurunui River mouth. The Eastern headland of Manuka Bay is known as Port Robinson and was an active port in the earlier days of European settlement in New Zealand, it has now been abandoned. Heading North from Port Robinson is a fantastic natural geographical feature known as Cathedral Cliffs; you can view these and look beyond to Gore Bay.

I revised the photo using the auto adjust feature in my software for brightness and contrast, but not sure what else was possible with the particular lighting, which was very late in the day (like 7 or 8 pm). Anyway I like the adjustment it shows a bit more detail on the kelp pad, thanks for the comment.

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Interesting observation; I did not recgnise the object as Kelp:-)



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