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Posted by Max Bottomtime on December 11, 2016 at 19:03:36:

At Kevin's Reef there is a large crack that divides the reef. This gully is full of life, as is the entire reef. We've found a few nudibranchs there that we rarely see elsewhere. We should probably rename the gully Discovery Channel. Today I found a nudibranch that even Kevin Lee hadn't seen.

I was about to leave the reef for my ascent when I spied a tiny 1/8 inch nudibranch on top of the reef. The cerata looked somehow different than most nudis we've seen so I took a closer look with my 105mm lens. It was a Cuthona abrona. I took a few shots and then shared it with Merry and Kevin. I'm sure one of Kevin's shots will soon grace some expert's latest book.

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Cuthona abronia

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The ocean began picking up so we went back toward Redondo Beach, stopping for one more dive at Golf Ball Reef. Once prolific, GBR is now devoid of life. I didn't find my first photo subject until midway through the dive. Hopefully the colder water this winter will return some of the life to our local reefs.

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