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Posted by Max Bottomtime on November 17, 2013 at 19:00:28:

We returned to the White Point outfall pipes today to check on the cabezon nest and squid eggs. A strong current and surge kept us from hovering motionless over the pipe. Most of the time we were lucky to avoid urchins. I checked out the cabezon nest after he became accustomed to my presence. Half of the dark green eggs have hatched since we were here on Tuesday.

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After a long soak in the cold, dirty water off San Pedro we headed around the peninsula to Bluff Cove. We've been hearing reports of Tylodina fungina on yellow sulfur sponges all over the cove. It was a bit surgy here as well, but visibility was a little better. I found several small patches of sponges, but no nudibranchs in sight. Finally, after eighty minutes under water I found one, the only one found all day. I spent the next ten minutes trying to get a decent shot of a yellow nudi on a yellow sponge in surge. Out of seven shots, I managed to get one.

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