Afloat: Sea Bamboo

A canopy of sea bamboo afloat on the surface.
A canopy of sea bamboo afloat on the sea surface.

Here along the coastal edge of the Cape peninsula, kelp forests create unique ecosystem and provide a sheltered habitat for smaller creatures from the force of breaking waves.   The photo shows the top fronds of the canopy afloat on the surface of the sea at low tide.   It has a neat construction where hollow gas-filled stalks expand into  bulbs at the top which then act as floats for the strap-shaped fronds.  Creatures such as rock lobsters and sea urchins, mussels and sea cucumbers are typically associated with sea bamboo.

“Afloat” was this week’s photo challenge; to find out more click here to follow the link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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