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Saturday's dive North of Point Vincente


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Posted by Chris on July 24, 2005 at 18:25:29:

Yesterday afternoon I had a dive just North of Point Vincente, Palos Verdes. The was no current but the water from the surface to about 50 feet deep was green with only 2 or 3 foot visibility, but a warm 63 °F. Below 50 feet the visibility opened up to about 20 feet, but a chilly 53 °F. We were anchored on the reef, but when I dropped to 70 feet in the sand I fould so much life and things to take pictures of I never made it to the reef.
There were many Globe Crabs (Randallia ornate), Sand-flat Elbow Crabs (Heterocrypta occidentalis), and Pacific Sandabs (Citharichthys sordidus). Many of the Elbow crabs were mating. Iíve never seen so many of these species at onetime before. Near the end of the dive I spotted a piece of bait that some fisherman lost being attacked by the Globe Crabs with the Sand dabs waiting near by to pick off the pieces that drifted away. Then a very fast moving Spiny Sand Star (Astropecten armatus) moved in to get a piece of the feast.


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North of Point Vincente
July 24, 2005

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Sandflat elbow crab (Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Sandflat elbow crab
(Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Pacific Sanddab (Citharichthys sordidus)
Pacific Sanddab
(Citharichthys sordidus)
Purple Globe Crab (Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab
(Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab (Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab
(Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab (Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab
(Randallia ornata)
 mating Sandflat elbow crabs (Heterocrypta occidentalis)
mating Sandflat elbow crabs
(Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Purple Globe Crab (Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab
(Randallia ornata)
Sandflat elbow crab (Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Sandflat elbow crab
(Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Sandflat elbow crab (Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Sandflat elbow crab
(Heterocrypta occidentalis)
mating Sandflat elbow crabs (Heterocrypta occidentalis)
mating Sandflat elbow crabs
(Heterocrypta occidentalis)
mating Sandflat elbow crabs (Heterocrypta occidentalis)
mating Sandflat elbow crabs
(Heterocrypta occidentalis)
mating Sandflat elbow crabs (Heterocrypta occidentalis)
mating Sandflat elbow crabs
(Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Paguristes turgidus
Paguristes turgidus
Paguristes turgidus
Paguristes turgidus
Sandflat elbow crab (Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Sandflat elbow crab
(Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Sandflat elbow crab (Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Sandflat elbow crab
(Heterocrypta occidentalis)
Purple Globe Crab (Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab
(Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab (Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab
(Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab (Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab
(Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab (Randallia ornata)
Purple Globe Crab
(Randallia ornata)

A group of globe crabs (Randallia ornata) devouring a fisherman's lost bait
A group of globe crabs
(Randallia ornata) devouring
a fisherman's lost bait with a
Pacific Sanddab (Citharichthys
sordidus
) in the background
waiting for piece to brake loose

A group of globe crabs (Randallia ornata) devouring a fisherman's lost bait with a Spiny Sand Star (Astropecten armatus) moving in to join the feast
A group of globe crabs
(Randallia ornata) devouring
a fisherman's lost bait with
a Spiny Sand Star
(Astropecten armatus)
moving in to join the feast
A group of globe crabs (Randallia ornata) and a Spiny Sand Star (Astropecten armatus) devouring a fisherman's lost bait with a Pacific Sanddab (Citharichthys sordidus) in the foreground waiting for piece to brake loose
A group of globe crabs
(Randallia ornata) and a Spiny
Sand Star (Astropecten armatus)
devouring a fisherman's lost bait
with a Pacific Sanddab
(Citharichthys sordidus) in the
foreground waiting for piece
to brake loose

A group of globe crabs (Randallia ornata) and a Spiny Sand Star (Astropecten armatus) devouring a fisherman's lost bait
A group of globe crabs
(Randallia ornata) and a Spiny
Sand Star (Astropecten armatus)
devouring a fisherman's lost bait

A group of globe crabs (Randallia ornata) and a Spiny Sand Star (Astropecten armatus) devouring a fisherman's lost bait
A group of globe crabs
(Randallia ornata) and a Spiny
Sand Star (Astropecten armatus)
devouring a fisherman's lost bait
A group of globe crabs (Randallia ornata) and a Spiny Sand Star (Astropecten armatus) devouring a fisherman's lost bait
A group of globe crabs
(Randallia ornata) and a Spiny
Sand Star (Astropecten armatus)
devouring a fisherman's lost bait


©2005 Chris Grossman, diver.net



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