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Posted by Max Bottomtime on June 16, 2013 at 15:34:40:

We made a dive on the crane off Haggerty's this morning and enjoyed a thermal delight. After finding water from 48 to 51 lately, we bathed in sub-tropical 53 under the dirty surface water. It felt like bath water.

Only one of the resident moral eels was home, but the garibaldi nests are ready to have a population explosion. Thousands of tiny eyes looked up at me as I made baby sounds.

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There aren't as many nudibranchs to be found along the west side of P.V. as there are on the south, but I did find one of my favorites, the Hopkin's Rose, Okenia rosacea

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It felt almost like winter here with the kelp growing near the crane. At times it is so thick that you can't get close enough to anchor. There were only a handful of plants nearby today, but they were lush and full of bryozoan and nudibranch eggs.

Visibility was a cloudy six feet at the beginning of the dive, but the current subsided and doubled the vis by the end of the dive.

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