What is kelp?

  • (noun): Large brown seaweeds having fluted leathery fronds.


Kelps are large seaweeds (algae) belonging to the brown algae (Phaeophyceae) in the order Laminariales. There are about 30 different genera.

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Some articles on kelp:

Loxechinus Albus - Biology
... is mostly found on rocky coasts associated with the kelp Macrocystis pyrifera ... its food supply and does not seem to be limited by the quantity of algae available nor does the kelp growth become excessive ... also feeds on drifting algal fragments which are always abundant in kelp beds ...
Kelp - Interactions
... Some animals are named after the kelp, either because they inhabit the same habitat as kelp or because they feed on kelp ... These include Northern kelp crab (Pugettia producta) and graceful kelp crab (Pugettia gracilis), Pacific coast of North America ... Kelp goose (kelp hen) (Chloephaga hybrida), South America and the Falkland Islands Kelp pigeon (sheathbill) (Chionis alba and Chionis minor), Antarctic ...
Crowned Cormorant - Behavior
... which they forage for in shallow coastal waters and among kelp beds ... It builds a nest from kelp, sticks, bones and lines it with kelp or feathers ...
Bull Kelp
... Bull kelp is a common name for a number of species of kelp (members of the brown algae family Laminariaceae) ...