Gulf Weeds

By far the largest of the many kelp forests to be found in The Azure Sea, the Gulf Weeds lies off the coast south of the Hool Marshes.   The Gulf Weeds are particularly dense, and cover an area of around 15,000 square miles. In some places the kelp grows to a height of over 200 feet, forming a thick morass of rubbery vegetation at the surface.   Due to the density of the kelp, visibility in the water is severely reduced to less than 10 feet, so anything could lurk in the waters of the Gulf Weeds and remain hidden.   All kinds of fish and molluscs make their home in the kelp forest, which in turn attracts larger predators.   Sea captains tend to avoid this area simply due to the difficulty of the terrain. It is easy for ships' keels, oars and rudders to become entangled.

The Gulf Weeds by NOAA National Ocean Service

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Cover image: The Great Deluge by Katatonia82


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