Good Times on the Haggerty's Crane

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on August 29, 2010 at 15:25:40:

We headed out this morning with hopes of any visibility after a week of swells. Scott and Margaret Webb were on the crane, so we headed around the hill to Buchanan's Reef. We spotted a fried egg jelly at the surface, then anchored. As we were gearing up a set of large swells rolled by. We decided that the day probably would not get better, so we pulled anchor and limped back toward home. As we passed the Avalon we saw Frank O'Donnell's Boston Whaler anchored at the bow of the wreck. We called Margaret and she reported fifteen feet of vis at the crane, so we raced there.
As soon as we approached the bottom, Merry began snapping away at a small salp chain, Pegea confoederata. There were also a few solitary ones around.

The two moray eels were nowhere to be seen today so we looked at bryozoans, nudibranchs, garibaldis with nests and another fried egg jelly, Phacellophora camtschatica during our safety stop. It was getting windy so we settled for one dive. Frank came by to check out No Pressure. It was good to see him back out on the water.

Mexichromis porterae

Triopha catalinae



Bryozoan with tunicates

Corynactis covered tires

Fried egg jelly, Phacellophora camtschatica

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