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The World About Us (1967 - 1987): Forest in the Sea  (1983)

Off the coast of California, amid the towering fronds of the giant kelp - the largest and fastest growing seaweed in the world - sea-otters, urchins, fish, abalones and countless other colourful and bizarre marine creatures are engaged in a fight for existence.  They struggle not only among themselves but with those who attempt to find a living there as fishermen.

When that forest kelp began to disappear, urgent rsearch began to reveal an intriguing natural history of a forest essential for fisheries but also harvestable for algin, that essence of smoothness in our foods, toothpaste and paints, and which may be farmable in future for energy - methane gas sufficient for the whole of the United States.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Director: Wolfgang Bayer
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Copeland
Film Editor: David Barrett
Music: Martin Kiszko
Narrator: Barry Ernest Paine
Photography: Wolfgang Bayer
Producer: Barry Ernest Paine
Production Assistant: Sheila Fullom
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Research: Kristin Lau
Series Editor: Peter Jones
Series Editor: Anthony Isaacs