Silt and Swells

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on October 01, 2011 at 18:05:10:

Three to five feet swells at five second intervals. Not the kind of news you want to read before a dive, but we wanted to check out conditions before a big dive day tomorrow. We pounded our way around the peninsula, seeking any shelter from the SW swells. We tucked into the Garden Spot, a small reef between Marineland and Abalone Cove. The bottom here is silty, so any water movement makes for a difficult day of photography. Today was no exception. Most of my shots were nothing but backscatter, but I was able to clear up a few with the help of Photoshop.

Triopha catalinae with a Blackeye Goby buddy

Diaulula sandiegensis

Serpula columbiana

Mating pair of Mexichromis porterae

Flabelina iodinea with a small Diophorodoris lirulatocauda

Such a big name for a tiny nudibranch

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