A Day At The (snail) Races

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on April 23, 2011 at 20:12:41:

We tried to go diving this morning but the swells were twice the size as the models said and much closer together. We got about a hundred yards and turned around. We decided to clean the boat again, only this time we actually cleaned it.

Of course, cleaning the boat means grabbing the camera to "inspect" the bottom. After finding my first Gould's bubble snail last week I was shocked to find two dozen today. They were everywhere!

The race is on

This one had a mucus web, much like a navanax makes.

All smiles.

Look Ma, no teeth.

What big eyes you have.

Another surprise was finding two tiny rainbow nudibranchs on a small tube anemone.

Nearby was a Dendronotus frondusus, another new find in the muck. It seems as if the population changes every time I dive...I mean clean here.

Some of the regulars were still around.

Rictaxis punctocaelatus

Hermissenda crassicornis with a fresh growth of new cerata after meeting with Mr. Navanax.

Octopus with dinner

Aeolidiella oliviae with bryozoan

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