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Posted by Max Bottomtime on December 01, 2013 at 14:01:06:

We had pretty lousy conditions yesterday, so today was looking to be a day to sleep in. Merry convinced me to try another dive on the Redondo barge. Visibility was double what we had yesterday. We saw possibly the same large Mola Mola as yesterday, but it was cruising along with no signs of stopping for a Kodak moment.

Inside the barge is a cabezon that Kevin found last week. It must be on a nest, although I didn't see any eggs. I was amazed that it could hang upside down for so long.

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I found the tiniest pair of Ancula gibbosa laying eggs on a stick. I bumped the stick with my camera, sending the little guys flying in the current. I caught them and carefully placed them on a small piece of rust from the barge. Soon they resumed their egg-laying duties.

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I checked out one of the octopus nests. Fresh eggs hung just inches away from a patch that could be hatching any minute.

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