|Dive conditions improved greatly|
Posted by Max Bottomtime on November 11, 2006 at 16:17:29:|
Jeff Shaw joined me for a nice dive this morning at the Marineland platform. We made a leisurely surface swim out to the buoy. The water was a murky green until we hit forty feet. The vis opened up to about twenty feet there. While I went into macro mode Jeff made laps around the pool. I'd been seeing nudibranchs on the edges of my photos when I got home that I didn't see during the dive, so I decided to crawl very slowly today and check out every clump of bryozoan. I didn't find any Polycera atras as I'd seen in my pictures but I did find the two smallest Hopkin's Rose nudis I've ever seen.
Among the thick growth were Hermissenda crassicornis by the dozens, Facelina stearnsi, Flabellina trilineata and many that I missed today but have seen there in the past few weeks. At the top of one of the crosses was a crab coverd with so much bryozoan I was surprised not to find nudibranchs all over him.
We spent a little over twenty minutes there before following the line back toward the 120 Reef. I found four Mantis shrimp holes in the sand, but only two were sticking their heads out. None of my shots came out. A lone Sarcastic Fringehead guarded the line. He's done a good job, as the line was unbroken today.
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