Life in King Harbor after the big die-off

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on March 22, 2011 at 18:04:31:

I have a trip to Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands at the end of the month and was hoping to get in some practice with my camera before then. The dive conditions have not cooperated, so I decided to try my luck in King Harbor again. After the massive sardine die-off earlier this month I wasn't expecting to see anything, but to my surprise, the water was full of life.
There were dozens of Hermissendas laying eggs on the pilings, bottom and bits of marina trash. I saw a navanax sneaking up on one, but the Hermissenda managed to detect it in time to swim away.
I missed a shot of an octopus as it ducked into a pipe when I approached. I did manage to spot a flatworm, Prostheceraeus bellostriatus in the silt. Hydroids, sponges, anemones, nudibranchs and tunicates seem to be thriving in King Harbor. I'll have to try wide angle next time. There is a very old motorcycle under my boat that would make a nice photo if I can get at least ten feet of vis.

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