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Dive in and learn more about the amazing plants, animals and algae that are part of the California kelp forest ecosystem! This handy and fun field guide to the Pacific Ocean will help you identify species and learn interesting facts, such as giant kelp can grow up to 2 feet per day and sea cucumbers can expel their stomach contents when threatened. Search a database containing photos, common and scientific names, distribution, habitat, diet, fun facts and more. 

This app is essential for teachers, naturalists, divers, snorkelers, students, and anyone who is curious about California marine life. Created by University of California Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS), Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research Project and volunteers from Citrix. Also download our companion app, California Tidepools.

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

new icons and splash screen

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Casinorider ,

Awesome but....

Awesome guide! I hope they add a flash card section or like a quiz section. It's hard to go through and name the species when the title is there lol otherwise it is still awesome hugely informative and beautiful colorful pictures of the marine life!!!!

Katied10 ,

Awesome field guide

Great info on Pacific Ocean fish, mammals, plants -- great general field guide

Zzzorro ,

Informative and beautiful

Just what you need for beach combing and snorkeling!


Brian Green
40.9 MB

Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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