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Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat


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Posted by Merry on October 24, 2013 at 12:43:55:

Honeymoon cove last weekend: colorful, enchanting, serene.

Phil and Kevin descend into reef-blue water.

1 Kevin & Phil photo KevinampPhil800bDSC_2748_zps1ed314a5.jpg

2 Just kelp photo 2kelp690DSC_2906_zps19c6fab1.jpg


These Pacific Barracuda were wary on the first dive. By the end of the second dive, they had decided that I was no threat, and meandered much closer.

3 Barracuda photo Barracuda0DSC_2738_zpsb396c16d.jpg

4a Barracuda photo Barracuda1DSC_2902_zpsae6b9d4a.jpg


Kevin meandered by, too.

5 Kevin in kelp photo Kevininkelp800DSC_2813_zps43a01a3a.jpg


6 Lone blacksmith photo LoneblacksmithDSC_2660_zps4e73e624.jpg


8 Reef photo WindowinthereefsheepheadDSC_2697_zpsce869ae7.jpg


Big and close.
7 Big Daddy Sheephead photo BigDaddysheepheadDSC_2653_zpsb5287d50.jpg


Nicely camouflaged California scorpionfish. I enjoy the gritty defiance of these prickly, venomous fish.

9 yellow scorpionfish photo ScorpionfishcamoDSC_2720_zps16950526.jpg

10 Scorpface photo Scorpionfish800DSC_2846_zpsef61a3cc.jpg


Snubnose sculpin
11b Snubnose sculpin photo Snubnosesculpin800LiYDSC_2835_zps9a1fcb8c.jpg


Furry hermit crab
12 Furry hermit photo Furryhermitcrab800DSC_2855_zpsccb9cbe6.jpg


With stellar vis comes vivid color. Tiny Cuthona divae nudi on hedgehog hydroid.
13 Colorful reef, Cuthona divae photo CuthonadivaeLSDSC_2833_zpsfa4f606c.jpg


Couple of Cuthona divae with eggs
14 Cuthona divae and eggs photo Cuthonadivaeampeggs800-DSC_2853_zps10c983d6.jpg


Dendrodoris behrensi, not often seen.
15 Dendrodoris behrensi photo DendrodorisbehrensiDSC_2681_zps24045961.jpg


Atagema alba
16 Atagema alba photo AtagemaalbaDSC_2774_zps9a629f19.jpg


Polycera tricolor
17 Polycera tricolor photo Polyceratricolor800DSC_2886_zpsb8c46163.jpg


Tiny Triopha catalina out on a limb with sabellid worm looking on.
18 Tiny Triopha and sabellid worm photo TeenyTriopha800DSC_2843_zpsd86fc836.jpg


This reef is a jackpot of Okenia rosacea.
19 Okenia rosacea photo Okeniarosacea800DSC_2857_zpsbdffd347.jpg


A polyclad flatworm, Eurylepta californica
20 Eurylepta californica photo EuryleptacalifornicawormDSC_2728_zpsfaa091d7.jpg


Serpulid worm
21 Serpulid worm photo Redampwhiteserpulid800DSC_2872_zps281c285f.jpg


Sadly, time to head home after 3 hours on the reef.

Under the boat photo Kelpundertheboat800DSC_2818_zpsed0cd467.jpg






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