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Posted by Max Bottomtime on April 16, 2006 at 15:05:24:

Date: April 16, 2006
Dive Location: Marineland
Buddy(ies): Merry
Time: 9:03
Bottom Time: 53 minutes
Max Depth: 63'
Vis: 10-12'
Wave height: 1-2'
Temp at depth: 49F
Comments: The surf at the Point was flat enough for Merry to make her first entry there. I led the way, while Easter Jeff followed Merry to make sure the one foot surf didn't rip her apart. She did great!

We dropped down near Ted's Pinnacle, where we found a Swell shark napping.

I saw some fresh Dendronotus eggs on a tube anemone, so I knew one of those hairy beasts was nearby. Merry spotted him climbing up a tuber headed for the salad bar. We watched for awhile, but it was cold and we didn't want to spend the entire dive at 60 feet.

Among the critters we spotted were octopus and the usual nudis including Mexichromis porterae

Flabellina trilineata

Triopha catalinae

Cadlina limbaughorum

plus lots of Hermisenda crassicornis, Cuthona divae and one very tiny Tritonia festiva. I didn't get many good pictures today. Maybe it was because I was laughing too much at the sight of Easter Jeff striking a pose.

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