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    Research technician Kristen Mello, left, and graduate student Brandon O'Brien examine seaweed samples at a laboratory on Appledore Island. The Gulf of Maine is the latest global hotspot to lose kelp.

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    Research technician Kristen Mello examines a red scrub-like seaweed sample under a microscope, shown on the microscope's display screen, at a laboratory on Appledore Island.

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    Mello shows a sample of a red shrub-like seaweed collected in the waters off Appledore Island. Kelp forests are critical to the fishing industry but are disappearing around the world.

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    A string of ducks paddle past a warning flag over research divers, out to collecting samples of a red shrub-like seaweed.

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    A sample of a red shrub-like seaweed, bagged in sea water, collected in the waters off Appledore Island.

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    Research divers swim out to collect samples of a red shrub-like seaweed in the waters off Appledore Island.

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    Research technician Kristen Mello passes a sample of a red shrub-like seaweed collected in the waters off Appledore Island.

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    Research technician Kristen Mello, right, dons her wetsuit with graduate student Brandon O'Brien as they prepare to dive for seaweed samples.

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    O'Brien examines a red scrub-like seaweed sample at a laboratory on Appledore Island. Scientists say the likely culprits in the disappearance of kelp are climate change and invasive species. In Maine, the invaders are other seaweeds.

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    Researchers prepare to dive for seaweed samples as a ferry back to New Castle, N.H. departs from Appledore Island.

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