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Posted by Max Bottomtime on January 18, 2015 at 18:36:19:

The blue surface water this weekend was deceiving as we descended into poor visibility and surge at Hawthorne Reef. Most of the inhabitants were in hiding and those that weren't were protected from our lenses by the dirty water. We opted for Golf Ball Reef where we had similar conditions but better luck with the tiny critters in the kelp canopy.

Micro Merry found most of the interesting little guys between five and twenty feet. I scoured the bottom with little luck. I found a cabezon with split colorization on his face. Before I could get a second shot he bolted out over the sand. I thought he was just camera shy but apparently he spotted a dead octopus and made a quick meal of it.

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Zebra goby

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Blue banded goby

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California scorpionfish

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Swell shark egg

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Tiny scallop in the kelp

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Simnia snail

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Eubranchus rustyus

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Dendronotus venustus

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Doto amyra

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