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Flatworm Merry Strikes Again


Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat


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Posted by Max Bottomtime on July 05, 2015 at 18:50:15:

Merry has a Masters degree in Science from ASU. Having a scientist for a dive buddy can be challenging. Yesterday she found a nudibranch that we have yet to identify. Today she found a flatworm that may be Cryptobiceros bajae but can be difficult to I.D. as they are a mimic species. Sometimes they look different than the one Merry found. I often have a lot of homework to do after diving with her. Why can't she find a starfish or garibaldi?

Aside from the flatworm the dive at Golf Ball Reef was uneventful. Fifteen feet visibility with 53 water and the usual critters were out and about. Berthella californica were laying eggs everywhere. Mating pairs of Doriopsilla albopunctata dotted many rocks. I tried to get a rainbow sea perch to hold still but it refused.

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Cryptobiceros bajae

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Seastarus saturdaynightfeveri

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Doriopsilla albopunctata

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Diaulula sandiegensis

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Rainbow sea perch, Hypsurus caryi

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Onespot fringehead, Neoclinus uninotatus

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Swell shark egg case

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Berthella californica eggs



Follow Ups:
  • Funny! Deb Karimoto 09:47:11 07/06/15 (0)


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