The Great Bear Rainforest is home to much more than the iconic bears found here, all creatures big and small play an important role in this interconnected ecosystem.
Bald eagles, marbled murrelets, water ouzels, loons, various ducks, and several species of gull are just a few of the bird species found in The Great Bear Rainforest.
|Kelp forests - where would we be without them?
Habitat for so many species, oxygen production, carbon dioxide buffering, navigation aid, food production, and then the astounding aesthetic beauty that bonds us from the surface to the depths.
Bull kelp forests are estimated to provide habitat for some 750 species of fish and invertebrates. Sea urchins are one of those invertebrates, living in the forest and grazing on a lot of bull kelp. If otters, mink, wolf eels and other predators of urchins did not keep urchins in check, there would be reduced kelp forests. And, you can eat it! (Pickled young bull kelp anyone?!)
The Marine Detective www.themarinedetective.com