Underwater in the Sanctuary
Kelp forest rock-bottom
and shallow sand-bottom communities make up the predominant nearshore
habitats. Luxuriant forest-like growth of giant kelp occurs in
shallow water throughout the sanctuary. The most dense and extensive
formations occur along protected island shores and provide rich
habitat for a variety of invertebrate fauna. These species include
sponge, kelp crab, spiny lobster, octopus and squid, sea stars
and sea urchins. Common fish of the kelp forest include garibaldi,
opal eye, kelp bass, California sheepshead, sea perch and rockfish.
Common animal species in sand habitat include sea pansies, polychaetes,
sand dollars, several species of rays, sand dabs and turbot.
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