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Posted by Merry on January 07, 2015 at 14:07:20:


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Head for the Underwater Arch (Lunada Bay) if you want to photograph yellowfin fringeheads. There are 4 of them (3 different colors) within 20 feet of each other.

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Phil found 2 Trapania velox at the base of the arch. Uncommon!
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Kevin miraculaously found a village of Trinchesia lagunae on the White Point outfall pipe. This active sewer pipe extends a couple miles along the seafloor; we like to drop anchor at ~65 feet. Rocks that buttress the pipe provide generous habitat. There's even giant kelp, which seems to have more than it's share of interesting invertebrates.

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I can't blame you for being tired of my posting Eubranchus rustyus. They just keep popping up and I can't resist the challenge. We've found them on all sides of PV.
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Part of the appeal of nudibranchs is their ephemeral nature and the occasional mystery surrounding their reproduction.

At White Point sewer pipe, kelp fronds were loaded with nudi eggs. By-catch in other photos confirms that these eggs belong to the tiny Doto amyra and E. rustyus.
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These egg masses are larger than the above; wish I'd looked harder for adults.
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