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Posted by Max Bottomtime on July 20, 2008 at 19:53:06:

I finally got in an entire dive without having camera issues. I jammed a dozen new dessicant packs in the housing, put the housing in a cooler and didn't shoot in RAW mode today to keep the camera from heating up too much. I'm not sure which one did the trick, but it worked.
Merry and I dropped down and headed to Ted's Pinnacle. The statue has grown over very nicely with bryozoan, encrusting algae,sponges and even a batstar today. There was a champagne bottle in her bucket, but it must have jumped out. :)
We passed through two thermoclines and the water was dirty, so the fish didn't seem to pay much attention to us. We found a large spotfin sculpin, a first for us, as well as another first, a colonial tunicate. We also found two sets of two swell shark eggs. I can't remember ever seeing two together.
We made it out of the water without incident, which is also a rarity at Marineland.
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Our Lady Of The Garden

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Swell shark eggs

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Colonial tunicates

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Sponge and hundreds of brittle stars

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Eggs on the half-shell

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Cadlina limbaughorum

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Hermissenda crassicornis doing his Easter Bunny impression

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Triopha catalinae

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Anisdoris nobilis

We stopped at the Cabrillo Beach boat launch on the way home and found Lion nudibranchs and a Janolus barbarensis. The water was so muddy that I only got one photo clear enough to post.
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Janolus barbarensis



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