Posted by Merry on August 30, 2015 at 20:27:58:|
Last week we made a dive on the crane at Haggarty's. Lobsters filled every available hole and blocked our view of the resident moray eels.
I hope someone can shed some light on this mystery: At Little Reef (near Point Vicente), I found three abandoned? lobster traps about 20 feet apart. They're almost completely filled with large bricks. Marine growth indicates that they've been there quite awhile. Although they provide a nice hiding place for juvenile fish, we can't figure out why someone would go to all this trouble.
Images from recent dives on Merry's Reef, Little Reef, and the crane.
Pacific barracuda surrounded us at the crane on Thurs. Milton Love said that warm temperatures bring them up here in droves.
Proliferating anemone, Epiactis prolifera
Doto form A
Kelp holdfasts contain myriad treasures. Mating Doto nudibranchs are splendidly camouflaged against the pink-mouth hydroid, Ectopleura crocea. These hydroid polyps appear to be reproductive females.
Likely the egg mass of Triopha maculata nudibranch.
Mating Felimare porterae; it's been a good year for this species.
A tiny Flabellina trilineata laying eggs.
A richly colored Austraeolis stearnsi.
Ribbon worms, Tubulanus sexlineatus
This seldom-seen worm is possibly Protula sp. Worm expert, Leslie Harris, said that she'd need a specimen to make a positive ID.
Found this little guy on the crane; orange is an unusual color for these worms.
A cool algae, Botryocladia pseudodichotom
The tunicate, Distaplia occidentalis