Common Name: Split Kelp
 Scientific Name: laminaria bongardiana
 Report and Illustration By: Megan
Split kelp, laminaria bongardiana, is a dark brown kelp that lives in the Bering sea, around the Aleutian Islands, and off the coast of California. Split kelp is oval shaped with a stem on the bottom. On the top, the oval shape splits off into “branches.” The split kelp can get up to 2 meters long and 40 cm wide and is flat and smooth. Split kelp grows in water at the approximate temperature of 10 degrees C (50 degrees F).
Split kelp are difficult to identify. It is very similar to another type of kelp called sugar kelp
   

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