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Broomtail Groupers and GSBs Aboound at Hermosa Reef


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Posted by Max Bottomtime on October 24, 2015 at 20:36:17:

I apologize for all the negative comments I have made about Hermosa Artificial Reef. It is not as boring as I once believed. I even found a single nudibranch today! Of course, macro photography is not why we have been diving Hermosa Reef. The groupers and Giant Sea Bass are still here.

They were not as willing to approach us as before but with thirty feet visibility this morning it didn't matter. At one point I looked over toward Merry just as a pair of GSBs arrived with two groupers in tow. I could hear lobsters squeaking as they retracted to their hideouts, or maybe it was just Merry shrieking.

Visibility dropped considerably for our second dive as the tide was going out. We saw a total of five groupers and several GSBs.

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Broomtail grouper, Mycteroperca xenarcha

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Buddy divers

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Giant Sea Bass aplenty

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Trying to escape the marauding mackerel

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This looks like a good hideout

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All clear

Bring out your dead!
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Merry drags her carcass around

Other highlights of the reef
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