nudibranch Festival at Ship rock, catalina

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Posted by scottfiji on May 12, 2008 at 09:04:31:

3 of us set sail to catalina on Saturday, may 9th. we did 2 dives at ship rock, conditions were great, and nudibranchs were out in full force, it was amazing.

Its nudibranch season there, and over 25 species have been seen recently, a record for catalina, which is less known for its macro life. Only 6 or 7 weeks until the fish start arriving!

Our 3rd dive was at marineland, where conditions were less than stellar, but still ok.

All photos are from ship rock except for the D. iris.

enjoy the photos, Scott

It is time for the gathering.. Facellina stearnsi, Hermissenda crassicornis, Cuthona divae laying eggs

Chromodoris macfarlandi

young garibaldi

Dendronotus iris chomps down on its dinner, the tube anemone. marineland, palos verdes.

I watched this Hudson's dorid ran right over the Hermissenda

Janolus barberansis

Hermissenda playing in the zooanthids

uncommon flatworm, Stylochus insolitus

Blood starfish

I watched this Dendronotus dramatically lunge up at those bryozoans to get a meal

Cuthona divae on the edge of the kelp

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