Today is the International Day of Forests – and did you know that the ocean has forests too? 

Towering kelp fronds like these form the basis for kelp forests throughout national marine sanctuaries on the West Coast. These forests are important habitats for marine life from juvenile fish to sea otters! 

What’s your favorite kelp forest dweller? 

(Photo: Brett Seymour/NPS; GIFs: NOAA) 

[Image descriptions: 1. Closeup on giant kelp underwater. 2 and 3: GIFs of kelp swaying in the water. 4: GIF of sea otters swimming through kelp forest. ]

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