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Posted by Merry on September 21, 2015 at 10:34:05:

Phil won't be diving for another month or so while recovering from sinus surgery. As a result, he has become my own personal DM. He sets up my tank, lays out my gear, hands me the weight belt, bustles around the deck, rinses the gear, soaks the camera, and even manages the anchor and all the other boat trappings. Whoa, I could get used to this.

With heavy hearts, it's up to Kevin and I to bring home the bacon. This weekend we dove on Garden Spot, tried a new area at Christmas Tree Cove, and visited the Giant Sea Bass on Hermosa Artificial Reef.

On Sun., Scott and Margaret Webb, and Jim Lyle met up with us on HAR. For some reason, Margaret has developed a special rapport with the broomtail groupers, and is repeatedly able to get remarkable photographs of them.


An unexpected 1-inch warm-water find at Garden Spot, the Cortez Damselfish, Stegastes rectifraenum. ID thanks to John Moore. Pesky, lurking, calico bass prevented me from spending time with the little fella, as I didn't want him to become a meal.

 photo Cortez damselfish_zpscb94lwgn.jpg


Austraeolis stearnsi
 photo Austraeolis stearnsi DSC_3143_zpsvx7thpbp.jpg


Simnia snail laying eggs, Delonovolva aequalis
 photo simnia amp eggs DSC_3155_zpsug1vmpvb.jpg


 photo simnia snail acrobat DSC_3153_zpsbhihsqex.jpg


Tiny amphipods are thick on red gorgonian.
 photo simnia amp eggs DSC_3158_zpsvhmtxj0w.jpg


Megalomma pigmentum, a sabellid worm.
 photo Megaloma worm  DSC_2989_zpsll90ibaz.jpg


Pacific Angel Shark, Squatina californica
Wandering west on Hermosa Artificial Reef, I encountered the largest angel shark I've ever seen. Note its size compared to the perch.
 photo Angel shark DSC_3116_zpspuh4hotn.jpg


 photo Angel shark DSC_3111_zpsrqlkydiz.jpg


Giant Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas
 photo GSB 3 DSC_3240_zpsnxi91ruy.jpg


We're still seeing different GSBs than the ones we photographed earlier this month.
 photo GSB 1b DSC_3240_zpsbgnlbyc3.jpg


 photo GSB 2 DSC_3250_zpsavkgtvoy.jpg


 photo MP GSB 30 31 B DSC_3095_zpsdebhju8u.jpg


As I was ascending the anchor line, this GSB decided to check out our green anchor.
 photo GSB anchor DSC_3273_zpsqs7hcowx.jpg


 photo MP GSB 33 34 DSC_3107_zpsp63hzlvw.jpg


Not a good photo, but it shows how they congregate in the "bowl".
 photo MP GSB 30 31 32 DSC_3099_zpsbjcyd2o3.jpg


Kelp rockfish, Sebastes atrovirens
 photo Kelp rockfish DSC_3200_zps3vorrfdm.jpg


Olive rockfish, Sebastes serranoides
 photo Olive rockfish DSC_3255_zpslfiglwxz.jpg


 photo fish head DSC_3193_zpsogqsbmtp.jpg





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