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Vancouver Island - Part II


Scuba Diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat


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Posted by Merry on October 15, 2014 at 15:29:04:

Typical geography of the region makes for great wall-diving.

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Metridium senile dominated some landscapes.
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Snail ID needed
 photo GorgeoussnailDSC_7665_zpsacbe67c5.jpg


Pink/Violet branching hydrocoral, Stylaster verilli. ID thanks to Clinton Bauder
 photo Stylasterverrilli800DSC_7983_zpsf565230d.jpg


Basket star, Gorgonocephalus eucnemis
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Basket star among red soft coral with feeding polyps extended.
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Caliostoma ligatum and two yellow hairy sea spiders feeding on the polyps of the red soft coral.
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Red soft coral, Gersemia rubiformis with feeding polyps retracted.
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Bushy, pink-mouth hydroid, Ectopleura crocea with both states of the red soft coral on either side.
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Orange sea pen, Ptilosarcus gurneyi
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Bering hermit crab, Pagurus beringanus
 photo BeringhermitPagurusberinganusDSC_7427_zps313efb5b.jpg


Wide hand hermit crab, Elassochirus tenuimanus
 photo WidehandhermitElassochirustenuimanusDSC_7423_zpsae973ae6.jpg


Umbrella crab, Cryptolithodes sitchensis
 photo UmbrellacrabCryptolithodessitchensisDSC_7792_zps6d458f1e.jpg


 photo LacunavinctaIDDSC_7577_zpsf4d1f21f.jpg


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Proliferating anemone, Epiactis prolifera
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 photo LgproliferatinganemonesDSC_7693_zpsd03aa3b9.jpg


ID needed
 photo UnknownanemoneDSC_7974_zps643abd13.jpg


Urticina grebelyni
 photo UrticinagrebelyniDSC_7949_zps76bb5de4.jpg


Crimson anemone, Cribrinopsis fernaldi
 photo CrimsonanemoneconDSC_7976_zps3e1be4ae.jpg


 photo AggregatingamenonesonkelpbrDSC_7885_zps597235fa.jpg


Graceful kelp crab, Pugettia gracilis
 photo GracefulkelpcrabDSC_7818_zpsb4edb160.jpg

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This crab covered itself with 2 kelp blades, and maintained a tight grip on both.
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