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Dive Report: Savino's Barge ( fish-eating urticina)


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Posted by Chris on September 20, 2005 at 00:15:07:

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of going diving with Ross Overstreet on his boat the Orion III. We went to a local wreck known as Savino's Barge. The divers on the trip were Ross, Claudette, Elaine, & myself.
The barge is in 90 feet on a rather fine muddy bottom. Thus the visibility was not great. The wreck has several abandoned nets caught on it, and it is swarming with California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata). During the dive Ross and Claudette found a large fish-eating urticina (Urticina piscivora) eating a California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata). I took several pictures of it because it was so unusual to see.
It was a very cool dive and I am grateful to Ross for taking me.

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Savino's Barge
aboard Ross Overstreet's Orion III
September 17, 2005

clickon the images to enlarge
(2) California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
(2) California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaenaguttata)
The California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) that didn't quite get away
The California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaenaguttata) that
didn't quite get away
The California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) that didn't quite get away
The California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaenaguttata) that
didn't quite get away
Metridium farcimen
Metridium farcimen
fish-eating urticina (Urticina piscivora) eating a California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina
(Urticina piscivora)
eating a California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina (Urticina piscivora) eating a California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina
(Urticina piscivora)
eating a California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina (Urticina piscivora) eating a California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina
(Urticina piscivora)
eating a California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina (Urticina piscivora) eating a California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina
(Urticina piscivora)
eating a California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina (Urticina piscivora) eating a California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina
(Urticina piscivora)
eating a California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina (Urticina piscivora) eating a California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
fish-eating urticina
(Urticina piscivora)
eating a California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaena guttata)
(2) California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
(2) California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaenaguttata)

(7) California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
(7) California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaenaguttata)

 P9178866Fxlr.jpg
A dead Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) caught in an abandoned fish net
Metridium farcimen
Metridium farcimen
 


©2005 Chris Grossman,diver.net




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