|Golf Ball Reef is ALIVE!|
Posted by Merry on June 01, 2016 at 18:16:52:|
Golf Ball Reef is ~5/8 mile offshore between Flat Rock and Haggarty's, but closer to Haggarty's. For months, it looked, well, dead. Gorgonians were covered in brown gunk. There were no juvenile fish, no nudis. Most invertebrate life seemed to be smothered by silt. Thankfully, things have turned around on our favorite reef. Fifty-two degree water and plenty of surge tested our patience, but we enjoyed 25 - 30 ft. vis over the holiday.
It bugs me a little when people refer to a nudi as "rare", when in actuality it simply occurs in low numbers for a time and isn't seen very often, or it's cryptic and easily missed. In this case, Thordisa rubescens is indeed a rare find. Since 1981, there have been only 4 documented occurrences.
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