Snapshot California Coast 2017

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on June 29, 2017 at 15:23:54:

If you're diving in California anytime between June 23 and July 2nd and carry a camera, I'd like to invite you to submit your photos of marine life to Snapshot Cal Coast: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/snapshot-cal-coast-2017

The California Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the California Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network, is coordinating a citizen-science-driven project to document the diversity of life along the coast of California. From June 23-July 2nd, we're collecting observations of plants and animals observed along the coast, using the iNaturalist website: http://www.inaturalist.org

Any photo taken during the snapshot window along the coast will be automatically added to the project, regardless of when it is uploaded to iNaturalist. If your photos are not geotagged, you can add location information when uploading via the website.

While the focus has been on tidepool life, we'd love to have photos taken underwater too! We don't need your best photos, just images where the organism can be identified. (I've posted so many backscattery, fish-butt shots its almost embarrassing!) And if you don't know what that fish or snail or crab is, the iNaturalist community can help ID your critter, too!

This is the second year of Snapshot Cal Coast. Our goal is to collect an annual "snapshot" of California coastal biodiversity, to help understand fluctuations in species ranges and to build a species inventory of locations along the coast.

I dived at the barge off Redondo Beach today and found a few animals to add to my observations. Visibility was great, at twenty-five feet with blue water at the surface. I wasn't expecting that!

 photo Balanus nubilus Giant Acorn Barnacle_zpsnpxwit7m.jpg

 photo Juvenile Tritonia festiva_zpsq1nqwfbc.jpg

 photo Commensal worm on a juvenile sea cucumber_zpsgwuaz5ej.jpg

 photo Paguristes ulreyi Furry hermit crab_zpsocz8pjvx.jpg

 photo Flabellina iodinea_zpsq9fnmpkf.jpg

 photo Simnia arcuata with eggs_zpsbb6yuasx.jpg

 photo Simnia arcuata laying eggs_zps5dvtxo3m.jpg

 photo Neobernaya spadicea Chestnut cowrie_zpsahesvwrn.jpg

 photo Aldisa sanguinea Red Aldisa_zpsizpndk45.jpg

 photo Aldisa sanguinea Red Aldisa egg coil_zpssizjeht1.jpg

 photo Neoclinus stephensae Yellowfin fringehead_zpsxn6a37ka.jpg

 photo Cliona celata_zps5vszglmi.jpg

 photo Unknown sponge_zpskxvqew8p.jpg

 photo Muricea californica California Golden gorgonian_zpsgznjgnvq.jpg

 photo Kelletia kelletii Kellets whelk_zpspgrbtobl.jpg

 photo Unknown juvenile sculpin_zpsphbehlwq.jpg

 photo Unknown shrimp_zpsjpkwz5o3.jpg

 photo Lophogorgia chilensis Red gorgonian_zpsq2benykj.jpg

 photo Parastichopus parvimensis Warty sea cucumber_zpssqtds7wu.jpg

 photo Corynactis californica_zps3spbhxja.jpg

 photo Lophogorgia chilensis Red Gorgonian polyps_zpsnmtquifp.jpg

 photo Parazoanthus lucificum Zoanthid Anemones_zpskkdbx0le.jpg

 photo Parazoanthus lucificum Zoanthid Anemone_zpsg8cezo4w.jpg

 photo Paracyathus stearnsi Brown Cup Coral_zpshoy2oniv.jpg

 photo Pachycerianthus fimbriatus Tube anemone tentacles_zpsdadlqcyb.jpg

 photo Pachycerianthus fimbriatus Tube anemone_zpsmimgliwu.jpg

 photo Octopus rubescens nest vertical_zpsjlzoh228.jpg

 photo Octopus rubescens nest_zps42tta44k.jpg

 photo Octopus rubescens with eggs_zps67nazrq6.jpg

 photo Watersipora subtorquata_zps2heajajv.jpg

 photo Watersipora subtorquata closeup_zpsxfpbutgv.jpg

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