A Shrimp On The Bargy

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on April 21, 2012 at 20:35:48:

With poor vis everywhere we were limited to another dive on the Redondo Barge this morning. We tried blue water diving, but Merry couldn't see her fins at depth six miles offshore.
At the barge, I kept my lens buried, looking for any tiny animals crawling around in the dark water. I found a variety of critters today.
Tritonia festivas crawled between branches of red gorgonian and across the back of a sea cucumber. A small patch of fish eggs are slowly developing. Merry found them last week, so we need to keep an eye out for, well, eyes!
Each time I looked closely at a rock, shrimp would scatter. I bought a Sola focus light from Kevin Lee that has a red light. When I use it, the animals don't seem to see it and stop long enough for a photo. I even used it on a rarely seen Zebra goby. It let me get within two inches.
Other sightings included unusual worms, nudibranchs and a couple of tiny scallops which also didn't react to the red light.

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