Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Photo Gallery

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.

Channel Islands Photo Gallery


photo of anemone
Revised March 28, 2014 | Contact Us | WebSite Owner: National Ocean Service
Many links leave the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Web Site. Please view our Disclaimer for more information.
National Ocean Service | Office of National Marine Sanctuaries | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | NOAA Library | Privacy Policy | User Survey /photos/underwater.html