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Why This Year Is Our Last, Best Chance for Saving the Oceans

For Mick Baron, the giant kelp forests of Tasmania were a playground, a school and a church.

The former marine biologist runs a scuba-diving center on the Australian island’s east coast, and rhapsodizes about the wonders of the seaweed’s dense habitats.

  • Aryn Baker
  • Time

“Diving in kelp is one of the most amazing underwater experiences you can have,” the 65-year-old says, likening it to flying through the canopy of a terrestrial rain forest.

“You won’t find a single empty patch in a kelp forest …

From the sponge gardens on the seafloor all the way up to the leaves on the surface, it’s packed with life.”

Or rather, it…

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