July 4th Weekend - slim pickens but different.

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Posted by Merry on July 04, 2016 at 12:25:25:

We spent the last 3 days trying to dodge the wind and dive within narrow windows of opportunity. We apparently got out too early this morning, as the wind picked up and sent us straight back to the dock. The good news is that the water has warmed up to 57 degrees, and the phytoplankton bloom seems to be deteriorating.

Pink-Mouth Hydroid, Tubularia or Ectopleura crocea?
 photo Ectopleura crocea DSC_4835_zpsqqbahjek.jpg

This is a close-up of the reproductive structures that produce sperm & eggs. Embryos develop within the female structure, the larvae escape and form a polyp beneath the parent hydroid.
 photo Ectopleura crocea cropped DSC_4835_zpsobw0qcfn.jpg

Here's something weird and random - the mouth parts of one of our common yellow dorid nudibranchs.
 photo Nudi mouth DSC_4869_zpsjqdy8mds.jpg

 photo Nudi radula DSC_4870_zpsc7sdc5fl.jpg

The light bulb tunicate, Clavelina huntsmani, is reproducing right now. Like other colonial tunicates, it broods its embryos. These light bulbs have a cluster of yellow eggs at the base of their pharynx.
 photo Lightbulb tunicate brooding DSC_4827_zpsgudjgf3n.jpg

A small Protula tube worm wafting in surge. Phil has seen two of these at Marineland, but the only other place we can find them is on Golf Ball Reef.
 photo Protula worm DSC_4860_zpsqkuqtsgs.jpg

Polycera tricolor from the Crane at Haggerty's.
 photo Polycera tricolor DSC_4841_zpsvzqx4p74.jpg

Ancula gibbosa, also from the Crane.
 photo Ancula gibbosa DSC_4828_zpszminbpi0.jpg

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