Kelp and Algae - ecophotog

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Garibaldi living in a large "urchin barren," an area devoid of kelp and other algae because the sea urchin population is out of control, due to overfishing and overhunting of the animals that control the urchin population.

The Underwater Arch; Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary; Santa Barbara Co., CA.

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From Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary