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Banged-up molas on the barge


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Posted by Merry on September 04, 2012 at 20:19:44:

As Phil reported yesterday, we encountered a small school of juvenile Mola molas on the barge. A high proportion of them had been mutilated by sea lions. I found that the intact molas were skittish, while the injured ones allowed a close approach, some even swimming directly toward me.

This mola is missing its dorsal fin.

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Both the pectoral fin and dorsal fin are absent, with damage on the pelvic fin.

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Dorsal and pelvic truncated.

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This group seemed more curious than the ones we usually see. They came to check us out on the anchor line several times.

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Scrippsia pacifica

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Tritonia festiva on algae

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The barge is loaded with little crabs, but I haven't figured out how to better isolate them from their background.

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This tiny guy is wearing sponge!

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