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Extending offshore along the coast southward from Point
Dume approximately 10 kilometers (6 miles) are the principal kelp
beds of Santa Monica Bay. Rocky
outcrops, which alternate with sandy stretches, provide footing for the kelp.
The two major algal species here are giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera,
and Egregia laevigata. Close to
shore on the rocky outcrops are found dense stands of surf grass, Phyllospadix
The east-west orientation of the coast favors
up-welling, which enhances the biological productivity. The waters remain cool
as a result of the upwelling and this is beneficial to the giant kelp.
intensively used, the beds remain in good condition.
educational, observational, light recreation.
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