Rare eggs and swimming scallops at White Point Rock

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on October 22, 2011 at 18:02:40:

Merry and I went to White Point Rock to exchange thermographs for the Catalina Marine Society. We placed one next to the reef fourteen months ago, so it should have plenty of data to collect. After retrieving the old one Merry went to work on video while I scoured the small reef for interesting macro critters.
Dr. Jeff Goddard told us that nobody has pictures of Ategema alba eggs, so we've been looking for them every time we dive here. We named one area on the rock Ategema Valley for the number of the not-so-attractive nudis we see there. The moment I reached the valley I spotted the largest Ategema alba I have ever seen, and it was laying eggs! I fired off several shots, then went to tell Merry the news. She was still sprawled across the sand with the video lights on, so I left her alone. I should have gone over there, as she made a cool discovery as well. She got some great footage of San Diego Scallops, Pectin diegensis flittering across the sand.

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Corynactis californica with Serpulid columbiana

Ategema alba with eggs

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