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Posted by Max Bottomtime on June 30, 2017 at 14:59:14:

After my surprising dive with great conditions yesterday I pushed my luck and headed to the Hermosa Beach Artificial Reef this morning. I found six feet of hazy visibility. I saw a few Giant sea bass but only two came close enough to get photos. The rest of the dive was spent photographing smaller reef fish.

 photo Hermosa Artificial Reef_ART8111_zpsvcllly7o.jpg

 photo Patiria miniata Bat star_ART8126_zpsug7zvjlj.jpg
Patiria miniata, Bat star

 photo Patiria miniata Bat star_ART8120_zpsfxmocuhd.jpg
Patiria miniata, Bat star

 photo Halichoeres Semicinctus Rock wrasse female_ART8114_zpsqkxgdjhq.jpg
Halichoeres Semicinctus, Rock wrasse female

 photo Halichoeres Semicinctus Rock wrasse male_ART8123_zpsm2mmp2jr.jpg
Halichoeres Semicinctus, Rock wrasse male

 photo Halichoeres semicinctus Rock wrasse male with smaller female_ART8136_zpsqyqu0btd.jpg
Halichoeres semicinctus, Rock wrasse male with smaller female

 photo Paralabrax clathratus Calico bass_ART8124_zpscho7rrym.jpg
Paralabrax clathratus, Calico bass

 photo Chromis punctipinnis Blacksmith_ART81126_zps0rrxd2jz.jpg
Chromis punctipinnis, Blacksmith

 photo Semicossyphus pulcher California Sheephead male with smaller females_ART8141_zps2dmx9zod.jpg
Semicossyphus pulcher, California Sheephead male with smaller females

 photo Embiotoca jacksoni Black seaperch_ART8149_zpsopr3oyau.jpg
Embiotoca jacksoni, Black seaperch

 photo Paralabrax nebulifer Barred sandbass_ART8152_zpscihgys4o.jpg
Paralabrax nebulifer, Barred sandbass

 photo Caulolatilus princeps Ocean whitefish_ART8156_zpsdnszagwy.jpg
Caulolatilus princeps, Ocean whitefish

 photo Stereolepis gigas Giant sea bass_ART8146_zpsoxqvj7hl.jpg

 photo Stereolepis gigas Giant sea bass_ART8130_zpsnr2cmmkg.jpg

 photo Stereolepis gigas Giant sea bass_ART8129_zpshwcatann.jpg

 photo Stereolepis gigas Giant sea bass_ART8128_zpszdn2pwja.jpg

 photo Stereolepis gigas Giant sea bass_ART8127_zpszkpwktmu.jpg
Stereolepis gigas, Giant sea bass

I added colored chain markers so we would know exactly how much chain we deploy.

 photo Yellow chain markers_ART8159_zpsgrn2ffuq.jpg

 photo White chain markers_ART8160_zpsoi1bnkay.jpg

I'll try a couple of the natural reefs around Palos Verdes for Sunday, the final day of the Snapshot California Coast 2017 project.



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