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Posted by Merry on April 21, 2013 at 18:32:09:

Here's something you don't see every day.

Just off Redondo Beach today, we enjoyed watching hundreds of sea butterflies drift past us. Most were poised motionlessly with mucous nets extended. In turbid visibility of anywhere up to 5 feet, Corolla spectabilis snared fist-sized wads of marine debris.

Photos from the day revealed that we were diving in a matrix of overlapping butterfly webs and the most impressive concentration of goop we've ever experienced. Most of the butterflies were enjoying the feast, but this pair had mating on their minds.


 photo Corolla1DSC_9227_zps65ec0e13.jpg

 photo Corolla2DSC_9221_zps0467bb35.jpg

 photo Corolla3DSC_9222_zps66c8a829.jpg

 photo Corolla4DSC_9229_zps46a269e3.jpg


I'm guessing that this is the official mating embrace.

 photo Corolla5DSC_9217_zps6cd510d3.jpg




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