Bull Kelp – Photo Wednesday

All around this island, when you stare at the water, you see bull kelp. Starting to grow early in the season. In full bloom, later, during the summer. Almost poking out of the water in early fall. Too tall for low tide!
Bull kelp, Nereocystis (Greek for "mermaid's bladder")
Here is an informal picture of bull kelp (nereocystis luetkeana) floating about in the current. This annual kelp grows to impressive size (90 feet+) in one season, then breaks down and washes up in the most interesting “curls” on the shore, in the fall. 

It creates forests underwater, where countless creatures hide, live and make a living.