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Dive Report: Anacapa Island aboard the Peace : July 31, 2011


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Posted by Chris on August 08, 2011 at 09:55:16:

On Sunday July 31, 2011 I went to Anacapa Island aboard the Peace. The boat left the harbor at 7Am and the ride across was a bit bumpy. but at a bit after 9AM we arrived at Rat Rock in the West End Preserve for the first dive.

The water temperature was 64°F and the visibility was about 35-40 feet. I headed to the West I was alone for the entire dive.

Here are some picture from that dive.

Urticina mcpeaki
Urticina mcpeaki


Eugorgia rubens (Purple Gorgonian)
Eugorgia rubens (Purple Gorgonian)


Astrangia lajollaensis (Colonial Cup Coral)
Astrangia lajollaensis (Colonial Cup Coral)


Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster)
Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster)


Ophiothrix spiculata (Spiny Brittle Star) on Lophogorgia chilensis (Red Gorgonian)
Ophiothrix spiculata (Spiny Brittle Star) on Lophogorgia chilensis (Red Gorgonian)


Conus californicus (California Cone Snail, California Cone Shell)
Conus californicus (California Cone Snail, California Cone Shell)


Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purplr Sea Urchin) eating a Salp
Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Purplr Sea Urchin) eating a Salp


Anthopleura sola
Anthopleura sola


The wind was coming up a bit and i began to get bumpy so Captain Kevin headed East for Cathedral Rock in the East End Preserve. The water temperature was 64°F and the visibility was about 35-40 feet. I headed out away from where they told everyone to go and found some rock formations in 60-80 feet where I spent the dive alone.

Here are some pictures from Cathedral Rock.


Phyllactis sp. (Sand Anemone)
Phyllactis sp. (Sand Anemone)


Coenocyathus bowersi (Colonial Cup Coral)
Coenocyathus bowersi (Colonial Cup Coral)


Didemnum sp. (Colonial Tunicate)
Didemnum sp. (Colonial Tunicate)


Urticina mcpeaki
Urticina mcpeaki


Scorpaenichthys marmoratus (Cabazon)
Scorpaenichthys marmoratus (Cabazon)


Pandalus danae (Dock Shrimp or Coon-Stripe Shrimp)
Pandalus danae (Dock Shrimp or Coon-Stripe Shrimp)


Mexichromis porterae
Mexichromis porterae


Limaria hemphilli (Swimming File Shell, Hemphill Fileclam)
Limaria hemphilli (Swimming File Shell, Hemphill Fileclam)


Limaria hemphilli (Swimming File Shell, Hemphill Fileclam)
Limaria hemphilli (Swimming File Shell, Hemphill Fileclam)


Limaria hemphilli (Swimming File Shell, Hemphill Fileclam)
Limaria hemphilli (Swimming File Shell, Hemphill Fileclam)


Mitra idae (Ida's Mitre)
Mitra idae (Ida's Mitre)

For the third dive we headed back toward the West End and stopped and dove at Goldfish Bowl. Again the water temperature was 64°F and the visibility was about 35-40 feet. I headed West again, but this time one pair of divers ventured as far away as I did, so I did not get the entire dive alone.

Here are some pictures from Goldfish Bowl.

Paracyathus stearnsi (Brown Cup Coral)
Paracyathus stearnsi (Brown Cup Coral)


Lytechinus anamesus (White Sea Urchin)
Lytechinus anamesus (White Sea Urchin)


Phyllactis sp. (Sand Anemone)
Phyllactis sp. (Sand Anemone)


Spirobranchius spinosus
Spirobranchius spinosus


Urticina mcpeaki
Urticina mcpeaki


Calliostoma supragranosum feeding on Phyllochaetopterus pacifica (Colonial Polychaete)
Calliostoma supragranosum feeding on Phyllochaetopterus pacifica (Colonial Polychaete)


Balanophyllia elegans (Orange Cup Coral)
Balanophyllia elegans (Orange Cup Coral)


Dodecaceria concharum (Colonial Polychaete)
Dodecaceria concharum (Colonial Polychaete)


Astrangia lajollaensis (Colonial Cup Coral)
Astrangia lajollaensis (Colonial Cup Coral)


Neoclinus uninotatus (One-Spot Fringehead)
Neoclinus uninotatus (One-Spot Fringehead)



For the last dive we went around to the backside and dove at Fish Camp. I did not take pictures this dive but instead collected samples for the aquarium at Coastal Marine Biolabs.

I found another Limaria hemphilli (Swimming File Shell, Hemphill Fileclam) and a Cucumaria salma for them.

It was a great trip with nice diving, good food, and a great crew. I was glad I went.

©2011 Chris Grossman, diver.net




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