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Posted by Max Bottomtime on June 15, 2013 at 19:39:40:

Hawthorne Reef is a great place to find rockfish, sponges and nudibranchs. We spotted fourteen distinct species of nudibranchs in less than forty minutes on the reef. Several species of rockfish seemed more interested in us than we were of them. Each time I looked up for taking a nudi photo a vermilion, olive, copper, gopher, kelp, blue or honeycomb rockfish would be inches from my face. All of them together wouldn't match the size of a lingcod I found hiding in a crack.

Visibility from the surface to fifty feet was less than five feet in green water. Below the thermocline we enjoyed fifteen feet plus in 51 water.

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Cypraea spadicea

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Cadlina luteomarginata

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Aegires albopunctatus

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Hermissenda crassicornis

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Doriopsilla albopunctata

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Flabellina trilineata

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Flabellina iodinea

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Diaulula sandiegensis

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Peltodoris nobilis

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Triopha catalinae

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Cadlina flavomaculata

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Ategema alba

Others spotted but not photographed included Tritonia festiva, Mexichromis porterae, Cadlina limbaughorum and Acanthodoris hudsoni.




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