Cold water is able to reach the surface due to constant wind patterns along the western coast of North and South America. This cold water carries with it loads of nutrients, thereby supporting a vast amount of life. For this reason there are get kelp forest along the coast of California. I spent 5 years of my life in Los Angeles. While I study tropical waters, I jumped at the opportunity to experience kelp forest and the organisms that live within these coastal areas. Below are just some of the organisms I encountered.