Kelp grows in the form of long stalks, with leaflike blades at regular intervals. Each blade is supported by a float. For more on its morphology, see seaweeds.
bull-head kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana), a northwestern American species. Used by coastal indigenous peoples to create fishing nets.
giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), the largest seaweed. Found in the Pacific coast of North America.
kombu (Laminaria japonica), an edible species of kelp found in
Kelp ash is calcined and rich in iodine and alkali. In great amount, kelp ash can be used in soap and glass production. Alginate, a kelp-derived carbohydrate, is used to thicken products like ice cream, jelly, salad dressing, and toothpaste, as well as in manufactured goods.
Some animals are named after the kelp, either because they inhabit the same habitat as kelp or because they feed on kelp.
Kelp crab (Pugettia producta), the Pacific coast of North America.
Kelpfish (blenny) (e.g., Heterosticbus rostratus, genus Gibbonsia), the Pacific coast of North America.
Kelp Goose (kelp hen) (Ocydromus fuscus), South America and the Falkland Islands
kelp pigeon (sheathbill) (Chionis sp), Antarctic
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