Marineland July 30th

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on July 30, 2005 at 19:59:11:

Date:July 30
Dive Location:Marineland
Time: 10:55 and 1:37
Bottom Time: 52 and 47 minutes
Max Depth: 51' and 45'
Vis: 15-20'
Wave height: 0-2
Temp at depth: 52F
Surface Temp: 54F
Tide information: Low
Gas mix: Air (21%)
Comments:Finally got to meet the elusive MissyP. She brought her friends Dan and Doug up to enjoy the rocky entry and hill climbing Palos Verdes is famous for. We were joined by Greg Cooke (Drysuit Greg) who wishes he wore his drysuit today. Our first dive was to the platform known as Headhunter Reef. The same halibut was here today, but has shrunk from an estimated twelve feet long down to a little over two feet. We found seven Facelina stearnsi nudibranchs on the same spot laying eggs. I've only seen them in pairs before. My lens was fogged, so I got shut out on dive one. On dive two over on the main reef my housing was OK, but Dan's was foggy. Naturally, we saw lots of nudis, octopus, baby Treefish and the usual assortment of colorful critters.

Zoanthid anemones taking over a gorgonian

Spanish Shawl

Dendrodoris fulva

Acanthodoris lutea

Hermissenda crassicornis

Hopkinsia rosacea

Hermissenda and Swell shark egg case

Maybe a Berthella strongi

Orange cup coral

Juvenile Treefish

A little crab Missy found

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