Shaw's critters

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Posted by Aaron on March 25, 2005 at 15:50:51:

In Reply to: Never been there posted by Elaine on March 25, 2005 at 14:47:59:

Shaw's is the tamest dive in Orange County. It's used for a lot of open water classes. Park on the street and head down 30 or so steps to a sandy beach.

You can start your dive right after entering the water, but the best stuff is a short swim out. Drop down just beyond the wash rocks into 20' of water and bear right as you head out. You'll quickly find the "crevice." Head under the arch and you'll cut right through the middle of the reef with 10-15' walls on both sides of you. Lately we've had a population boom of Tylodina Fungina nudibranchs (a nudibranch with a shell), so take a close look at every sulfur sponge. Hopkin's Rose nudibranchs are also thick (especially past the arch).

Laguna Sea Sports' Shaw's info and reef map:

Drop at the closest rocks on the left side of this pic:

Tylodina Fungina:

Hopkin's Rose:

Or if you get really lucky, you might see Debbie's Porcupinefish:

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