Story: Seaweed

Bladder-kelp forest

Bladder-kelp forest

Bladder kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is a giant seaweed found in cool waters. It forms extensive forests around southern New Zealand. With a height of up to 50 metres or more, it provides a rich habitat for small creatures such as lace corals, sea snails and butterfish.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seaweed - Kelp', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006