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Posted by Chris on July 14, 2006 at 21:34:40:

On July 3-4, 2006 my girlfriend Kathryn and I went on the Peace Scuba trip to Catalina Island and Santa Barbara Island aboard the Peace.

We started the day, July 3, 2006, with 2 dives at Ship Rock. The visibility was about 30 feet. There was absolutely no current, even on the outside end where the current usually is ripping.
I concentrated on macro photography on both dives.
On the second dive Kathryn found a Okenia rosacea; formerly Hopkinsia rosacea (Hopkin's Rose) which I got some very nice shots of.
On dive 3 we moved to Eagle Reef and I found a large Two Spot Octopus (Octopus bimaculatus; formerlyOctopus bimaculoides). While on the anchor line I got a couple of shots of Steve Sanford and Jessica Merritt.
For our fourth dive we went to Arrow Point. Kathryn found a very large Orange Sponge.
For our fifth dive we dove at Eel Point, on the inside of Eagle Reef. Instead of going to the reef I spent my time in the muck. I found several Mantis Shrimp (Hemisquilla ensigera californiensis) holes, but only managed to see one Mantis Shrimp barley poking his head out of the hole.
That evening while people made the night dive at the same spot we could see the fireworks show at the isthmus.

On morning of July 4, 2006 we did out first dive on the inside of Sutil Island at Santa Barbara Island. I got a good shot of Encrusting hydrocoral (Stylantheca porphyra), a Club-Tipped Anemone (Corynactis california) with parasitic growth inside it, and a Swell shark egg that Kathryn pointed out for me.
On the second dive at the kelp bed outside Webster Point I got the best pictures of Pusula solandri; formerly Trivia solandri I have ever taken.
For our third we went to the rookery. Interestingly there were hardly any sealions in the green water with us. Perhaps they knew something was there that we did not see. Kathryn pointed out a Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina californica) laying in the sand I took a series of pictures of. Then near the end of the dive mid sized (about 250 lbs.) Giant Black Sea Bass (Stereolepis gigas) came by to check us out and circled us repeatedly.

On the way home a Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) decided to hitch a ride back to Ventura with us.

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Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands
with Peace Scuba
July 3-4, 2006

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Ship Rock, Catalina Island
Red Gorgonian (Lophogorgia chilensis)
Red Gorgonian
(Lophogorgia chilensis)
Zoanthid Anemones
Zoanthid Anemones
Zoanthid Anemones
Zoanthid Anemones
Fragile Star (Linckia columbiae)
Fragile Star
(Linckia columbiae)
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P7037192xlr.jpg
Kellet's Whelks (Kelletia kelletii)
Kellet's Whelks
(Kelletia kelletii)
Spanish Shawl (Flabellina iodinea)
Spanish Shawl
(Flabellina iodinea)
Spanish Shawl (Flabellina iodinea)
Spanish Shawl
(Flabellina iodinea)
Spanish Shawl (Flabellina iodinea)
Spanish Shawl
(Flabellina iodinea)
Blood Star (Henricia leviusula)
Blood Star
(Henricia leviusula)
Fragile Star (Linckia columbiae)
Fragile Star
(Linckia columbiae)
Blood Star (Henricia leviusula)
Blood Star
(Henricia leviusula)
Kellet's Whelks (Kelletia kelletii)
Kellet's Whelks
(Kelletia kelletii)
Fragile Star (Linckia columbiae)
Fragile Star
(Linckia columbiae)
Zoanthid Anemones
Zoanthid Anemones
Giant Keyhole Limpet (Megathura crenulata)
Giant Keyhole Limpet
(Megathura crenulata)

Okenia rosacea formerly Hopkinsia rosacea (Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea
formerly Hopkinsia rosacea
(Hopkin's Rose)

Okenia rosacea formerly Hopkinsia rosacea (Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea
formerly Hopkinsia rosacea
(Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea formerly Hopkinsia rosacea (Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea
formerly Hopkinsia rosacea
(Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea formerly Hopkinsia rosacea (Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea
formerly Hopkinsia rosacea
(Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea formerly Hopkinsia rosacea (Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea
formerly Hopkinsia rosacea
(Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea formerly Hopkinsia rosacea (Hopkin's Rose)
Okenia rosacea
formerly Hopkinsia rosacea
(Hopkin's Rose)
Cucumaria salma
Cucumaria salma
MacFarland's chromodorid (Chromodoris macfarlandi)
MacFarland's chromodorid
(Chromodoris macfarlandi)

Eagle Reef, Catalina Island

Two Spot Octopus (Octopus bimaculatus; Octopus bimaculoides)
Two Spot Octopus
(Octopus bimaculatus;
Octopus bimaculoides)

Two Spot Octopus (Octopus bimaculatus; Octopus bimaculoides)
Two Spot Octopus
(Octopus bimaculatus;
Octopus bimaculoides)
Two Spot Octopus (Octopus bimaculatus; Octopus bimaculoides)
Two Spot Octopus
(Octopus bimaculatus;
Octopus bimaculoides)
Garabaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)
Garabaldi
(Hypsypops rubicundus)

Giant Spinned Star (Pisaster giganteus)
Giant Spinned Star
(Pisaster giganteus)

Garabaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)
Garabaldi
(Hypsypops rubicundus)
Lepidopsetta bilineata
possibly Lepidopsetta bilineata
Kathryn Cody
Kathryn Cody
Jessica Merritt & Steve Sanford
Jessica Merritt & Steve Sanford
Jessica Merritt & Steve Sanford
Jessica Merritt & Steve Sanford
Bob Davis
Bob Davis
Carol Beck
Carol Beck

Arrow Point Cove, Catalina Island
California Spiny Lobster (Panulirus interruptus)
California Spiny Lobster
(Panulirus interruptus)
several Cucumaria salma
several Cucumaria salma
California Coral Leaf Seaweed (Bossiella californica)
California Coral Leaf Seaweed
(Bossiella californica)
Pink Abalone (Haliotis corrugata)
Pink Abalone
(Haliotis corrugata)

Golden Gorgonian (Muricea californica)
Golden Gorgonian
(Muricea californica)

Kathryn Cody looking at a Garabaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)
Kathryn Cody looking at a Garabaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)
Big Orange Sponge
Big Orange Sponge
Big Orange Sponge
Big Orange Sponge
Garabaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) in front of the Big Orange Sponge
Garabaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)
in front of the Big Orange Sponge
Kathryn's hand and the Big Orange Sponge
Kathryn's hand and
the Big Orange Sponge
Rock Scallop (Crassedoma giganteum)
Rock Scallop
(Crassedoma giganteum)
Rock Scallop (Crassedoma giganteum)
Rock Scallop
(Crassedoma giganteum)

Eel Point Muck, Catalina Island
Brittle Star (Ophiopsilla californica)
Brittle Star
(Ophiopsilla californica)
possibly Palmaria mollis
possibly Palmaria mollis
Mantis Shrimp (Hemisquilla ensigera californiensis)
Mantis Shrimp
(Hemisquilla ensigera californiensis)
Rock Sole (Lepidopsetta bilineata)
Rock Sole
(Lepidopsetta bilineata)
Cucumaria salma
Cucumaria salma
Bluebanded Goby (Lythrypnus dalli)
Bluebanded Goby
(Lythrypnus dalli)
Cucumaria salma
Cucumaria salma
Jacksmelt (Atherinopsis californiensis)
Jacksmelt
(Atherinopsis californiensis)

Inside Sutil Island, Santa Barbara Island
Limbaugh's Cadlina (Cadlina limbaughorum)
Limbaugh's Cadlina
(Cadlina limbaughorum)
Encrusting hydrocoral (Stylantheca porphyra)
Encrusting hydrocoral
(Stylantheca porphyra)
Club-Tipped Anemone (Corynactis california) with parasitic growth
Club-Tipped Anemone
(Corynactis california)
with parasitic growth
Orange Cup Coral (Balanophyllia elegans)
Orange Cup Coral
(Balanophyllia elegans)
Swell Shark Egg (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum)
Swell Shark Egg
(Cephaloscyllium ventriosum)
Swell Shark Egg (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum)
Swell Shark Egg
(Cephaloscyllium ventriosum)
Fragile Rainbow Star (Astrometis serulifera)
Fragile Rainbow Star
(Astrometis serulifera)
Fragile Rainbow Star (Astrometis serulifera)
Fragile Rainbow Star
(Astrometis serulifera)

Kelp Bed outside Webster Point, Santa Barbara Island
Urticina sp.
Urticina sp.
Fragile Tube Worm (Salmacina tribranchiata)
Fragile Tube Worm
(Salmacina tribranchiata)

Pusula solandri, formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri
formerly Trivia solandri

Pusula solandri, formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri
formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri, formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri
formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri, formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri
formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri, formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri
formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri, formerly Trivia solandri
Pusula solandri
formerly Trivia solandri
Hermissenda crassicornis
Hermissenda crassicornis
Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides)
Sunflower Sea Star
(Pycnopodia helianthoides)
Red Gorgonian (Lophogorgia chilensis)
Red Gorgonian
(Lophogorgia chilensis)
San Diego Dorid (Diaulula sandiegensis)
San Diego Dorid
(Diaulula sandiegensis)

The Sealion Rookery, Santa Barbara Island
Señoritas (Oxyjulis californica)
Señoritas
(Oxyjulis californica)
Señoritas (Oxyjulis californica)
Señoritas
(Oxyjulis californica)
Señoritas (Oxyjulis californica)
Señoritas
(Oxyjulis californica)
Kathryn Cody
Kathryn Cody
Cup Corals (Astrangia lajollaensis)
Cup Corals
(Astrangia lajollaensis)
SCUBA diver
SCUBA diver
Señoritas (Oxyjulis californica)
Señoritas
(Oxyjulis californica)
Aggregating Anemone (Anthopleura elegantissima)
Aggregating Anemone
(Anthopleura elegantissima)
Aggregating Anemone (Anthopleura elegantissima)
Aggregating Anemone
(Anthopleura elegantissima)
Warty Sea Cucumber (Parastichopus parvimensis)
Warty Sea Cucumber
(Parastichopus parvimensis)
Warty Sea Cucumber (Parastichopus parvimensis)
Warty Sea Cucumber
(Parastichopus parvimensis)
California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica)
California Sea Hare
(Aplysia californica)
California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica)
California Sea Hare
(Aplysia californica)
Rea Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus), Purple Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus), & Crowned Sea Urchins (Centrostephanus coronatus)
Rea Sea Urchin
(Strongylocentrotus franciscanus),
Purple Sea Urchins
(Strongylocentrotus purpuratus),
& Crowned Sea Urchins
(Centrostephanus coronatus)
Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark
(Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark
(Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark
(Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark
(Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark
(Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina californica)
Pacific Angel Shark
(Squatina californica)
Jessica Merritt
Jessica Merritt
P7047097mhlr.jpg
Kathryn Cody next to a
Pacific Angel Shark
(Squatina californica)
Warty Sea Cucumber (Parastichopus parvimensis)
Warty Sea Cucumber
(Parastichopus parvimensis)
Rea Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus), Purple Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus), & Crowned Sea Urchins (Centrostephanus coronatus)
Rea Sea Urchins
(Strongylocentrotus franciscanus),
Purple Sea Urchins
(Strongylocentrotus purpuratus),
& Crowned Sea Urchins
(Centrostephanus coronatus)
California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica)
California Sea Hare
(Aplysia californica)
Bat Star (Asterina miniata; formerly Patiria miniata) among urchin skeletons
Bat Star
(Asterina miniata;
formerly Patiria miniata)
among urchin skeletons
Giant Black Sea Bass (Stereolepis gigas)
Giant Black Sea Bass
(Stereolepis gigas)
Giant Black Sea Bass (Stereolepis gigas)
Giant Black Sea Bass
(Stereolepis gigas)
Giant Black Sea Bass (Stereolepis gigas)
Giant Black Sea Bass
(Stereolepis gigas)
Giant Black Sea Bass (Stereolepis gigas)
Giant Black Sea Bass
(Stereolepis gigas)
Giant Black Sea Bass (Stereolepis gigas)
Giant Black Sea Bass
(Stereolepis gigas)
Brian removes Kathryn Cody's fins
Brian removes Kathryn Cody's fins

The Ride Back to Ventura Harbor
a Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) hitching a ride to Ventura
a Western Gull
(Larus occidentalis)
hitching a ride to Ventura
a Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) hitching a ride to Ventura
a Western Gull
(Larus occidentalis)
hitching a ride to Ventura
a Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) hitching a ride to Ventura
a Western Gull
(Larus occidentalis)
hitching a ride to Ventura
 


©2006 Chris Grossman, diver.net




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