Clucking Garibaldis

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on June 13, 2010 at 17:21:16:

After a month out of the water we finally got to finish off 2000 psi from our last dive. We headed to the crane off Haggerty's in hopes of getting pictures of juvenile Garibaldis. When we were last there on May 3rd there were several nests waiting for females to visit. Today, only one nest had eggs, but the males were chasing everything away with their loud clucking.

The crane seemed to have more fish than usual today. Schools of blacksmith and rubberlips hovered above while rockfish, greenlings and blue-banded gobies darted through the truck.

Just as we were nearing the end of our dive Merry spotted one of the two resident moral eels hiding in the rear of the truck frame. I was able to coax him out for a quick shot before we headed up.

Water temperature was 59F with 12-15 feet visibility. Maybe good conditions are on their way after a lousy first half of the year.

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