Anticlimactic dive on the Redondo Barge

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on February 03, 2013 at 16:09:07:

After finally getting some still photos of the UB88 yesterday and enjoying the deco hang with thousands of pelagic squishies, we endured dirty green water with little life on the Redondo Beach Artificial Reef today.

I checked out an octopus nest to see how far along the eggs are while Merry fired off one shot after another nearby. She later showed me an image in her monitor, but I looked quickly, thinking it was a shrimp in thick algae. It turned out that she got several nice shots of a Phidiana hiltoni, a nudibranch I've only seen once outside of the Northern Channel Islands.

Back on the surface, she told me where it was, so I jumped back in for a snipe hunt in murky green water. I didn't find it, so I fired off a couple shots of a nearby octopus before heading back up. While going through today's photos, I saw the little guy as bycatch in my last photo. After seeing Merry's shots, I'm embarrassed to post mine...almost.

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Hilton's aeolid in the lower left

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