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Posted by jlyle on April 29, 2006 at 18:09:12:|
In Reply to: Rainbow Nudi Bank posted by Max Bottomtime on April 29, 2006 at 15:50:42:
We went to Old Marineland this morning! Maxbottomtime (aka Phil) had told us that he had found large numbers of Dendrodorus iris nudibranchs there recently.
Rev (aka ChrisM) joined us on the Popeye maru for a quick run around Palos Verdes Point. Phil said he was diving from shore with his entourage and would set a float to mark the spot for us.
When we arrived, we spotted Phil on the surface. He found the nudibranchs deeper than before and didn't have enough line on his float. We handed him an additional float to tie to the site.
Quickly suiting up, Chris and I dropped in the water and swam over to the marker to descend onto a sandy bottom, punctuated with large boulders. The bottom was littered with tube-dwelling anemones (Pachycerianthus fimbriatus), the favorite food of D. iris. Phil said to look for egg masses on the anemones and then look for the branchs.
As advertised, there were lots of quite large (4-5 inch-long) D. iris crawling on the bottom and on the tube-dwelling anemones!
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