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Posted by Max Bottomtime on January 15, 2011 at 19:25:59:

After replacing a throttle cable on the boat, Merry and I made a trial run today. The weather couldn't have been better. The visibility under water could have been. We experienced surge and blowing sand at White Point Rock. The visibility was less that eight feet, so I spent most of the afternoon deleting pictures. I did manage to get shots of a few rockfish and some zooanthids.
Water was 53F.

Starry rockfish,Sebastes constellatus

Gopher rockfish, Sebastes carnatus

Juvenile Blue rockfish, Sebastes mystinus

Zooanthids have taken over this gorgonian

Topside was much more fun. We had pods of common and Risso's dolphins off Portuguese Bend, then to end the day on a high note, a Gray whale with a newborn calf snorkelled around Pt. Vicente.

Risso's dolphins

Gray whale and calf

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