Surge, choppy sea and backscatter. Great dive!

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on September 23, 2011 at 20:25:56:

We went out to the Redondo Barge to get an update on the new octopus eggs this afternoon. The ocean was choppy enough that we dropped the second we reached the anchor rode. There was a persistant current throughout the dive with some surge thrown in for good measure. It was difficult to shoot macro with red algae flowing back and forth in front of our subjects. Still, it was a great dive. We had twenty feet vis and only one sea lion chasing fish.
The eggs look good, but the octopus was gone. I'm hoping it was just hiding nearby. She left a Rough Patch shrimp to babysit for her.

Painted Greenling

Rock scallop

Orange Cup Coral

I looked at the rock where we found the Cadlina modesta nudibranch last week. It was still there, but it had a couple of visitors.

I saw a tiny bump near the nudi and took a couple shots, hoping it wasn't just algae or rust. I was surprised to see the World's tiniest Dirona picta.

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