Doin' Their Own Thing

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Posted by Merry on July 15, 2015 at 17:09:11:

Here's the last dredge from our recent dives around Palos Verdes.

Anemone Sunset
 photo anemone sunset DSC_1171_zpsr4g1k5jl.jpg

A minute tunicate from Golf Ball Reef, easily overlooked. Pycnoclavella stanleyi
 photo Pycnoclavella stanleyi DSC_1488_zpsg5zzhqvq.jpg

A robust cluster from Little Reef, but can't be sure if this is Pycnoclavella.
 photo Little Reef tunicate DSC_1537_zpsicluo4gr.jpg

For all you who dive Golf Ball Reef, the barrel is newly and completely covered with the tunicate Trididemnum opacum.
 photo Trididemnum opacum DSC_1496_zpsztu8ituo.jpg

 photo Hermit crab 3 DSC_0933_zpsyyqubq2o.jpg

 photo shrimp on glove DSC_0631_zpsiy8veqqm.jpg

 photo Decorator crab DSC_0809_zps8vogjzct.jpg

 photo Austraeolis stearnsi SF DSC_1266_zpsunl54o6g.jpg

 photo Austraeolis stearnsi 1 DSC_1269_zpsnd86kv9g.jpg

 photo Aegires albopunctatus 2 DSC_1407_zpszdykn6xw.jpg

Polycera hedgpethi typically feeding on the bryozoan animal Bugula neritina.
 photo Polycera hedgpethi on Bugula DSC_1301_zpskbfhcep4.jpg

Dendronotus venustus is so beautifully cryptic that when I see it, I think, "Weedy nudi". But this flamboyant one from Garden Spot sports colors we've never seen. Only its stately rhinophores gave it away amid the tangle of algae.
 photo Dendronotus venustus DSC_1075_zpswufcdbkp.jpg

Same one on a slate.
 photo Dendronotus venustus DSC_1110_zpsutcywlpg.jpg

I watched Polycera atra travel across the reef, crawl up the invertebrate-covered tube, check out the egg mass and crawl back down.
 photo Polycera atra climbing DSC_1230_zpsejcedvxa.jpg

Polycera tricolor as we normally see them.
 photo 2 Polycera tricolor  DSC_1201_zpscifgrhm2.jpg

Felimare porterae hanging on in the surge.
 photo F. porterae DSC_1172_zpslyqifowp.jpg

Felimare porterae mating.
 photo Felimare porterae DSC_0738_zpsbhyx3wmy.jpg

Acanthodoris lutea from Garden Spot.
 photo Acanthodoris lutea DSC_1436_zpspjn6tyxi.jpg

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