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Posted by Rick Coleman on November 04, 2007 at 08:55:52:

On Thursday night our group went for kayak dive in the South Bay area. I brought the camera while my buddies searched for bugs. The conditions were very nice and vis was about 30 feet. Then yesterday at dusk I went to the Redondo Submarine Canyon. I hoped to find some nudibranchs, but wasn’t very successful. I did find 2 spanish shawls, plus one other, I believe a Hermissenda Crassicornis. Even though I was looking for nudibranchs, it was far too easy to get distracted with other critters - octopus, fringhead, etc. The conditions at the canyon were nice. There was some wind chop, but no surf. Vis was about 20 feet.

Kayak Dive Pics:
Saw quite a few scorpionfish:

A bug giving me the “evil eye”:

Scorpionfish Salad:

This shot shows how good the vis was on the South Bay dive. I was shooting macro and was able to back up about 3 feet to fit this ray in the frame and still get a clear shot:

There were quite a few shrimp running around:

Strawberry Anemonies:


Tourquoise Shrimp:


Another Scorpionfish

and another:

Onto Redondo canyon…
This octopus put on a little dance for me:

Normally the canyon octopus are small, but this guy was a big one:

I know it’s hard to judge scale from a picture, but this was the BIGGEST Fringehead I’ve ever seen. I liked the sand on his face:


There were quite a few pipefish around:

Canyon Anenome:

These guys are fairly numerous on the swim in, and usually dart into the sand when approaching:

This halibut was in the shallows on the swim in:

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