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The kelp "streets" were along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, between Point Wilson and North Beach in Port Townsend.
So far, the creepiest part of being near kelp is paddling right in it and having a paddle blade catch under some. Actually, maybe the creepiest part is the first few times seeing their bulbs floating and thinking a lot of decapitated weird creature heads are around (I remember that from Alaska).
I don't know how I would react if I flipped and didn't realize kelp were nearby and had one *brush my face* while capsized. Eeeeeeeeeek! It might be a good idea to practice a few rolls in the kelp. Assuming the entrapment risk isn't too high. It just now occurred to me that they might actually serve as float aids. Wonder how much buoyancy those bulbs really provide. One way to find out...
The funniest sight today was watching a great blue heron that had just flown away from 2 walkers near a deserted stretch of beach. It landed on a bull kelp and proceeded to wobble and teeter several times, trying to get a grip on the stuff so it could peer forward to seek fish. Usually-elegant tall bird turns into a gawky comical klutz!
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