KELP is the common name for a number of species of large brown SEAWEED. It grows thickly on the rocky Pacific shore in the subtidal and intertidal zones. In BC the 2 largest types are giant kelp (Macrocystis integrifolia), also known as small perennial kelp, which grows on the outer coast, and bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana), which is common on both the inner and outer coasts. Both types grow in thick beds, or "kelp forests," that shelter a wide variety of marine life.

Bull kelp, with its...

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