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Dive Report: Anacapa aboard the Peace : March 6, 2010


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Posted by Chris on March 16, 2010 at 16:26:44:

Friday night March 5, 2010 I drove to the Peace and boarded for the trip in the morning to Anacapa Island. After I loaded my gear on the boat I headed off to the bar at Spinnakerís for their dinner special.

 Spinnakerís
Spinnakerís

After dinner I took a few pictures to play with my new 25mm f/1.4 lens.

         

When I returned to the boat I got a pictures of the John Start , which berths next to the Peace returning from a evening of bottom trolling for shrimp.

The John Start  commercial fishing boat
The John Start commercial fishing boat

The next morning before sunrise I woke up as people were boarding for the dayís trip.



The crew of the John Start was unloading their haul of shrimp (Pandalus jordani) from the hold.

unloading shrimp (Pandalus jordani)
unloading shrimp (Pandalus jordani)

Although the weather service had predicted rain and gloom the trip to Anacapa was smooth and the sun even peeked through a few times.

Our first dive was on the back side at Underwater Island. I saw many Christmas tree and feather duster worms including one very large one. I also saw a large Paguristes ulreyi (Furry Hermit Crab) and many male Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in their dark breeding colors.

a large feather duster worm
A large feather duster worm

Paguristes ulreyi (Furry Hermit Crab)
Paguristes ulreyi (Furry Hermit Crab)

A male Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in dark breeding colors
A male Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in dark breeding colors

Coenocyathus bowersi (Colonial Cup Coral)
Coenocyathus bowersi (Colonial Cup Coral)

Doris montereyensis & Tylodina fungina
Doris montereyensis & Tylodina fungina

Astrangia lajollaensis (Colonial Cup Coral)
Astrangia lajollaensis (Colonial Cup Coral)

For dive two we went to the West End Reserve on the front side. Among other things I observed several Urticina mcpeaki anemones.

Urticina mcpeaki
Urticina mcpeaki

Urticina mcpeaki
Urticina mcpeaki

Alloclinus holderi (Island Kelpfish)
Alloclinus holderi (Island Kelpfish)

 Serpula columbiana
Serpula Columbiana

For dive three we went to the East Reserve. I got a few good shots of a Polycera atra.

 Polycera atra on Bugula neritina
Polycera atra on Bugula neritina

 Conus californicus (California Cone shell) on Bugula neritina
Conus californicus (California Cone shell) on Bugula neritina

The weather changed while I was on the dive and it was cold, rainy, and windy when I got out. I elected to head for the showers rather than do the fourth dive.

It was another great trip aboard the Peace.

You can see all of the pictures from the trip here.

©2010 Chris Grossman, diver.net



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