|Westside Variety Show|
Posted by Max Bottomtime on June 23, 2012 at 19:13:17:|
We had a little of everything on the west side of Palos Verdes this morning. Four foot swells with an eight second interval in addition to wakes from passing boats made for a rough surface, while currents made the diving interesting.
The tall reefs here are separated by narrow sand channels. This makes it easy to explore the walls and find your way back to the anchor. Sponges, rockfish, tunicates and cup corals dominate the walls.
While I was cruising a wall, Merry found a flatworm we had never seen, Stylochus insolitus. She took a few shots, then shared it with Kevin. He had seen a couple of them before but knew how unusual it was to find one. I finally moseyed over and motioned to Keven that I was going up soon and that it would be very kind oh him to allow me to get a shot of the little guy. I slid into Kevin's slot and tried to get a shot but my strobes were in a bad position. I backed away slightly to adjust them just as a Ronquil rushed in and treated the flatworm like a Big Gulp. It was gone in a flash.
We arrived to find a lot of plastic bags, kelp detritus and a full five gallon gas can from a small boat floating on the surface. I gave the gas can to Jeff Conner when we returned to the marina.
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