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Dive Report: Catailna & Santa Barbara Island : July 13-14, 2007





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Posted by Chris on July 19, 2007 at 11:57:46:

     On Friday and Saturday July 13-14, 2007 Kathryn and I went to Catalina and Santa Barbara Island aboard the Peace.
     On Frday we we started with two dives at Ship Rock. There were many Octopus (Octopus bimaculatus) out and about on both dives. The water was a comfortable 63°F above 50 feet, but dropped to 53°F below. The interface of the thermal layers was very visible.
     Our third dive was at the East end of the Old Rock Quarry. I got some nice photos of a Tylodina fungina there.
     Dives four and five were at Little Geiger. I took some nice shots of Jack Mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus), a Warty Sea Cucumber (Parastichopus californicus) in the Kelp, and a Mantis Shrimp (Hemisquilla ensigera californiensis).
      All of the sites had the sever thermocline and 50 ft. I passed on the night dive at Indian Rock.
     The next morning our first two dives were at Sutil Island. Again there was the same 64°F to 53°F thermoclide at 50 ft. On the second dive Kathryn spotted a female Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) laying eggs. I got one shot before she finshed. As soon as she was done the male chassed her away.
     Our last dive was at the Rookery. I got some nice pictures of a very tiny Limacia cockerelli and Disporella sp. (Purple Bryozoan) on the shell of a Lithopoma undosum (Wavy Turban Snail).
     It was a nice trip with the usual great service from the Peace. The new chef Joe is very good. The dishes he cooks are different than the cooks who proceed him, but they are all wonderful, tasty, and well prepared.

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Santa Catalina Island & Santa Barbara Island
aboard the Peace
July 13-14, 2007

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Santa Catalina Island : July 13, 2007
Octopus bimaculatus (Twp-Spot Octopus)
Octopus bimaculatus
(Twp-Spot Octopus)
Octopus bimaculatus (Twp-Spot Octopus)
Octopus bimaculatus
(Twp-Spot Octopus)
Octopus bimaculatus (Twp-Spot Octopus)
Octopus bimaculatus
(Twp-Spot Octopus)
Urticina sp. (Sea Anemone)
Urticina sp.
(Sea Anemone)
Ophlitaspongia pennata (Red encrusting sponge) & Alcyonium rudyi (Octocoral) on a Crassedoma giganteum (Rock Scallop)
Ophlitaspongia pennata (Red encrusting sponge) & Alcyonium rudyi (Octocoral) on a Crassedoma giganteum (Rock Scallop)
Hypsypops rubicundus (Garabaldi) in front of a Pteria sterna (Western Winged Oyster) on a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Hypsypops rubicundus (Garabaldi) in front of a Pteria sterna (Western Winged Oyster) on a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Pteria sterna (Western Winged Oyster) on a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Pteria sterna (Western Winged Oyster) on a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)

Alcyonium rudyi (Octocoral)
Alcyonium rudyi
(Octocoral)

A brittle star and sponge protruding from a barnacle shell
A Ophiactis simplex (brittle star) and sponge protruding from a barnacle shell
Kelletia kelletii (Kellet's Whelk)
Kelletia kelletii
(Kellet's Whelk)
Trachurus symmetricus (Mackerel Jack)
Trachurus symmetricus
(Mackerel Jack)
Octopus bimaculatus (Twp-Spot Octopus)
Octopus bimaculatus
(Twp-Spot Octopus)
Lythrypnus dalli (Bluebanded Goby)
Lythrypnus dalli
(Bluebanded Goby)
Tylodina fungina
Tylodina fungina
Tylodina fungina
Tylodina fungina
Tylodina fungina
Tylodina fungina
Tylodina fungina
Tylodina fungina
Trachurus symmetricus (Mackerel Jack)
Trachurus symmetricus
(Mackerel Jack)
Purple Hair Algae
Purple Hair Algae
Purple Hair Algae
Purple Hair Algae
Kathryn Cody and a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Kathryn Cody and a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Pleuronichthys coenosus (C-O Turbot)
Pleuronichthys coenosus
(C-O Turbot)
Trachurus symmetricus (Mackerel Jack)
Trachurus symmetricus
(Mackerel Jack)
Trachurus symmetricus (Mackerel Jack)
Trachurus symmetricus
(Mackerel Jack)
Parastichopus californicus (Warty Sea Cucumber) on Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp)
Parastichopus californicus
(Warty Sea Cucumber)
on Macrocystis pyrifera
(Giant Kelp)
Parastichopus californicus (Warty Sea Cucumber) on Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp)
Parastichopus californicus
(Warty Sea Cucumber)
on Macrocystis pyrifera
(Giant Kelp)
Parastichopus californicus (Warty Sea Cucumber) on Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp)
Parastichopus californicus
(Warty Sea Cucumber)
on Macrocystis pyrifera
(Giant Kelp)
Parastichopus californicus (Warty Sea Cucumber) on Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp)
Parastichopus californicus
(Warty Sea Cucumber)
on Macrocystis pyrifera
(Giant Kelp)
Ophiopsilla californica (Brittle Star)
Ophiopsilla californica
(Brittle Star)
Hemisquilla ensigera californiensis (Mantis Shrimp)
Hemisquilla ensigera californiensis
(Mantis Shrimp)
Leathesia difformis
Leathesia difformis
Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster)
Panulirus interruptus
(California Spiny Lobster)

Santa Barbara Island : July 14, 2007
Cucumaria salma
Cucumaria salma
Pisaster giganteus
Pisaster giganteus
Pisaster giganteus
Pisaster giganteus
A Astrometis sertulifera (Fragile Rainbow Star) eating a Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purple sea urchin)
A Astrometis sertulifera (Fragile Rainbow Star) eating a Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purple sea urchin)
Ophioderma panamense
Ophioderma panamense
Coryphopterus nicholsi (Blackeye Goby)
Coryphopterus nicholsi
(Blackeye Goby)
Hermissenda crassicornis
Hermissenda crassicornis
Aplysia californica (California Sea Hare)
Aplysia californica
(California Sea Hare)
Pisaster ochraceus
Pisaster ochraceus
Pisaster ochraceus
Pisaster ochraceus
Ophioderma panamense
Ophioderma panamense
Hypsypops rubicundus (Garabaldi) laying eggs
Hypsypops rubicundus (Garabaldi)
laying eggs
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The eggs of Hypsypops rubicundus (Garabaldi)
Codium fragile
Codium fragile
Flabellina iodinea (Spanish Shawl Nudibranch)
Flabellina iodinea
(Spanish Shawl Nudibranch)
Orthonopias triacis (Snubnose Sculpin)
Orthonopias triacis
(Snubnose Sculpin)
Coenocyathus bowersi (Colonial Cup Coral)
Coenocyathus bowersi
(Colonial Cup Coral)
Coenocyathus bowersi (Colonial Cup Coral)
Coenocyathus bowersi
(Colonial Cup Coral)
Codium setchellii
Codium setchellii
Disporella sp. (Purple Bryozoan) on the shell of a Lithopoma undosum (Wavy Turban Snail)
Disporella sp. (Purple Bryozoan) on the shell of a Lithopoma undosum (Wavy Turban Snail)
Codium fragile
Codium fragile
Limacia cockerelli
Limacia cockerelli
Limacia cockerelli
Limacia cockerelli
Limacia cockerelli
Limacia cockerelli
Limacia cockerelli
Limacia cockerelli
Limacia cockerelli
Limacia cockerelli
The molt of a large (~5 lb.) Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster)
The molt of a large (~5 lb.)
Panulirus interruptus
(California Spiny Lobster)
Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purple sea urchin)
Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
(Purple sea urchin)
Zalophus califonianus (California Sea Lion)
Zalophus califonianus
(California Sea Lion)
Paralabrax clathratus (Kelp Bass, Calico Bass)
Paralabrax clathratus
(Kelp Bass, Calico Bass)
Conus californicus (California Cone shell)
Conus californicus
(California Cone shell)
Conus californicus (California Cone shell)
Conus californicus
(California Cone shell)

Chris Grossman's Underwater Photography
©2007 Chris Grossman, diver.net





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