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Posted by Merry on May 09, 2016 at 18:38:04:

After countless weekends of ocean tumult, mild conditions finally allowed Phil and I to return to our familiar routine this weekend. We dove Haggarty's, Topaz pilings, and the Barge. Although we couldn't find nudis at Haggarty's, there were a surprising number of species of algae taking a foothold. Likewise, an endless array of marine life had returned to the barge. Whew. The long drought is over.

 photo Golden gorgonian DSC_4208_zpset2nndmw.jpg

No larger than white punctuation marks on brown algae, Bispira polychaete worms.
 photo Bispira worms on algae DSC_4135_zpswn4lmaja.jpg

Phimochirus californiensis
 photo Phimochirus californiensis crab DSC_4193_zpsddeyyqjp.jpg

 photo Phimochirus californiensis crab DSC_4195_zpskt9etn6i.jpg

Flabellina iodinea
 photo Flabellina iodinea DSC_4226_zpsil55zgo1.jpg

 photo Flabellina iodinea test DSC_4230_zps7gzwrswg.jpg

Phil found these minuscule (seriously, barely 3mm) Aolidiella olivae mating and laying eggs.
 photo Aeolidiella olivae 4  eggs DSC_4211_zpsyhf0qjs9.jpg

 photo Aeolidiella olivae 2 DSC_4214_zps1yin5zyi.jpg

Pseudoceros mexicanus, a polyclad flatworm.
 photo Pseudoceros mexicanus DSC_4217_zpskywi9edy.jpg

Xantus' swimming crab, Portunus xantusii
 photo Swimming crab DSC_4184_zpsowhizdbb.jpg

Speckled sanddab
 photo Speckled Sanddab DSC_4158_zpsgmo68pzt.jpg

Tuna crab
 photo Tuna crab swimming DSC_4030_zpsvla0b9ya.jpg

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