|Better dive today|
Posted by Max Bottomtime on October 26, 2008 at 17:31:30:|
Merry and I went on a scientific expedition to Redondo Canyon today. Merry is assisting Leslie Harris of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History in a study of Capitella hermaphrodita, the red lug worms found in squid egg cases. While searching for eggs, Merry spotted movement ahead. There were three mackerel caught on a lure with multiple hooks. We freed them and they swam off, not even bothering to look back and thank us.
Merry spotted a nudibranch which we each thought was a dark Polycera atra. I took several shots, then found another. After downloading my camera we discovered them to be Polycera hedgpethi, my first sighting of them! I get excited over little things.
There were scattered clumps of squid eggs from deep in the canyon to as shallow as twenty-five feet. Many of the egg cases have been gnawed upon by Sheepcrabs and other predators. A tiny sanddab used one as a good spot to rest.
As we reached the shallow water and prepared to surface a school of smelt began circling us. It was a nice way to end the dive.
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