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Kelp Forests in the Galapagos

How cool, once scientists new where to look they found kelp forests in the tropics – one in the deep waters surrounding the Galapagos.

From Science Online…

As the researchers report online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their model was correct: They found a kelp forest. “I dropped down 20 meters, and it was like traveling from the tropics to California,” says Graham. “There were abalone, sea hares, decorator crabs, and sheepshead fish, … all just below the Galápagos environment where iguanas were swimming overhead.”