Lobster Trap Mystery and Recent Images.

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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.

 photo lobster DSC_2811_zps2nmgc4iw.jpg

 photo lobsters on the crane DSC_2814_zps4rh1gncf.jpg

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.

 photo Lobster trap DSC_1743_zpstvqzs3zk.jpg

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.
 photo Pacific barracuda DSC_2845_zpswhijmwbc.jpg

 photo Pacific barracuda DSC_2847_zpsk8u29obb.jpg

 photo juvie treefish DSC_2769_zpsb5eznugk.jpg

Garibaldi embryos
 photo Garibaldi embryos DSC_1754_zpsb8e37wlv.jpg

Two-spot octopus
 photo Two-spot octopus DSC_1993_zpslrevndt3.jpg

Urticina mcpeaki?
 photo anemone Urticina mcpeaki DSC_2761_zpsznawqs3r.jpg

ID needed
 photo anemone ID needed DSC_1699_zpswdd0aoah.jpg

Proliferating anemone, Epiactis prolifera
 photo proliferating anemone DSC_2804_zpsp4hf0mll.jpg

Yellowfin fringehead
 photo Yellowfin fringehead DSC_1826_zpssb56vosu.jpg

 photo Yellowfin fringehead DSC_1832_zpsph7jcgrm.jpg

Doto form A
 photo Doto form A DSC_1641_zpsuwczsvzt.jpg

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.
 photo Dotos and Ectopleura crocea DSC_2033_zpsruxhckhj.jpg

Likely the egg mass of Triopha maculata nudibranch.
 photo eggs Triopha maculata DSC_1695_zpsaj5y7us3.jpg

 photo sponge DSC_2765_zps3mdsunb9.jpg

 photo sponge DSC_2773_zpso0ugdggb.jpg

Mating Felimare porterae; it's been a good year for this species.
 photo Felimare porterae mating DSC_2787_zpsdlw74pzz.jpg

 photo 2 Felimare porterae_zpsr0wkpzcu.jpg

A tiny Flabellina trilineata laying eggs.
 photo Flabellina trilineata amp eggs DSC_2012_zpspruetlov.jpg

A richly colored Austraeolis stearnsi.
 photo Austraeolis sternsi DSC_1654_zpse61q4he8.jpg

Ribbon worms, Tubulanus sexlineatus
 photo Ribbon worms Tubulanus sexlineatus DSC_2075_zpsxmtx37ez.jpg

This seldom-seen worm is possibly Protula sp. Worm expert, Leslie Harris, said that she'd need a specimen to make a positive ID.
 photo Protula worm DSC_2058_zpsxkbuxear.jpg

Found this little guy on the crane; orange is an unusual color for these worms.
 photo orange worm DSC_2839_zpslp4eazri.jpg

 photo Christmas tree worm DSC_1821_zpscinwffhf.jpg

A cool algae, Botryocladia pseudodichotom
 photo Botryocladia pseudodichotom cr DSC_1924_zps5byofeiu.jpg

The tunicate, Distaplia occidentalis
 photo Blue Distaplia occidentalis DSC_1804_zpslzayurtu.jpg

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