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Posted by Merry on August 06, 2013 at 10:08:12:

We were excited by Walter's report of wolf eel and squid egg bounty on the African Queen; finally, conditions allowed us to motor over. Marine life attracted to the wreck is generous and appears to grow to full size when left undisturbed at 90 fsw. I'd dive this sweet little wreck every day if I could.

Massive squid egg clusters make a beautiful backdrop for sand-rose anemones.

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The salt and pepper-ish dots are eyes of developing squid. In real life, their eyes are actually red, and each little squid is contained within its own sac in the tubular egg case. This gives some idea how many squid may actually hatch from the huge egg beds we see.

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Some won't make it.

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White Point Rock - another treasure.

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Between Phil, Kevin, and me, we've found 24 species of opisthobranch on this bus-size reef. The cryptic, sponge-eating Atagema alba.

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Three Polycera tricolor on one clump of bryozoan. That never happens....

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You won't see this every day: cone snail preying on a Hudson's dorid, Acanthodoris hudsoni.

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A young Triopha maculata

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