In the early morning and late afternoon, when the sun is low in the sky, the forest lights up and everything is radiant. Fish, sponges and anemones shine like living gems. For a while the forest becomes golden. Swimming and diving in this golden light you can feel like an oceanaut floating through an alien world.
The kelp forest provides food and safety for countless millions of creatures, and is an endless conveyerbelt of life-giving nutrients.
I can only compare these great aquatic forests with the terrestrial ones in the intertropical forests. Yet if in any country, a forest was destroyed, I do not believe nearly so many species of animals would perish as would here, from the destruction of the kelp. Charles Darwin, 1834, Tierra del Fuego, Chile