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Spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)


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Posted by Chris on July 24, 2012 at 08:08:13:

Last Saturday July 21, 2012 I was diving at Anacapa island aboard the Peace.

On the last dive of the day I saw what looked like a small white eruption, then another. Soon they were going off all around me until the water turned milky white.

It turns out I was in the middle of an area of spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm).

As the event went on it started moving to deeper (and clearer) water, so I moved out taking photos along the way.


spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

spawning
spawning Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

 

Chaetopterus
Chaetopterus sp. (Parchment Tube Worm)

Then on the way back to the boat I also saw that the Astropecten armatus were starting to spawn.   Unfortunately I had already been in the water for an hour and it was time to return, so I only got a few pictures.

Spawning Astropecten armatus
Spawning Astropecten armatus

©2012 Chris Grossman, diver.net



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