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Posted by Merry on August 21, 2011 at 20:48:05:

In Reply to: Double Down on the Landing Craft. Four GSBs! posted by Max Bottomtime on August 21, 2011 at 18:11:07:

Fortunately, the landing craft's modest relief attracts many different species of fish. None are abundant, however, except for blacksmiths and jack mackerel.

The discovery of a small group of giant sea bass was a wonderful surprise! While I was busy photographing light bulb tunicates, I didn't realize that two of the three larger GSBs were parked behind me within arm's length. When I turned slightly to reposition the camera, I came face-to-face with one, at eye level! Foiled by a macro lens.

Here's the young one that Phil found. I took this photo as unobtrusively as possible, and didn't hang around to bug him.

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Same image cropped:

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After that encounter, several minutes passed before I could gather my wits. But there were more surprises in store.

Perhaps Paul Kanner (Sheller) could help us identify this limpet, which was under a rusty plate.

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Got one shot of this lovely worm before it disappeared. Will ask Leslie Harris for the ID.

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Another worm, a serpulid:

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There are a few nudis on the wreck, but you have to search them out. Flabellina iodinea:

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A few images from Hawthorne Reef:

Ida's Mitre all decked out, Mitra idae

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The flatworm, Pseudoceros montereyensis

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A tiny Lamacia cockerelli

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The cheery Triopha catalinae

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