Dive report: Nudies in Love

Great Dive Trips at Bargain Prices with the Sea Divers

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Posted by Dick J on March 01, 2006 at 12:40:07:

Mother Nature delivered another day of picture-perfect Winter weather for divers, off the Southern California coast last month. The sturdy charter boat Spectre carried seventeen lucky divers to four sites along the front (North) and back (South) sides of Anacapa Island, on the U.S. Presidents Day Holiday (Monday February 20th, 2006).

By California standards it was a bit chilly, above and below the surface: 11 degC (51 degF) topside and at depth. I even had to use my C-Card to scrape ice from the windscreen before hurrying to make the early morning boat departure. But once below the surface, the beauty of the undersea world caused one to (temporarily) forget the surrounding chill. Here are a few photographs from this trip.

Approaching northwest end of Anacapa Island.

Chestnut Cowrie nestled amongst Purple Urchins.

San Diego Dorid.

Front (head) end of Sea Hare nudibranch, amongst the largest of all nudibranchs. This specimen measured approx. 30cm (12in.) in length. Notice the eye.

Giant Kelpfish.

San Diego Dorids devouring a sponge.

Spiny Lobster.

Spanish Shawl nudibranch. They sensed each other from afar...

And rushed to meet (“rushed” being a relative term when talking about sea slugs).

Love, on the rocks.


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