The mounds of kelp that recently washed onto California beaches point to a thriving offshore ecosystem created by restoration efforts over the past decade, experts say.

Ten years ago, there was practically no kelp off Orange County’s coast. Pollution and an overabundance of predators such as sea urchins had decimated the kelp forests, killing 80 percent of what Southern California had a century ago.

(READ the story from the OC Register)

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