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Posted by Max Bottomtime on May 30, 2018 at 18:22:21:

We hauled our boat out today for bottom paint and various maintenance procedures. We wanted to get in one last day of diving yesterday so Kevin Lee joined us for a day of fighting back the ocean. We had to get in some much needed bottom time.

At Halfway Reef life was nearly back to normal. With better than twenty-five feet visibility we could easily spot the hundreds of nudibranchs crawling among the bryozoa, sponges, algae and worms.

The same conditions were encountered at Golf Ball Reef. Life on the offshore reefs seems to be rebounding just in time for us to be out of the water. I found octopus, juvenile fish, crabs and lots and lots of nudibranchs, including one, Jorunna pardus that I had only seen once before.

The cooler 52 water likely helped bring life back to our favorite reefs.


Rathbunella hypoplecta, Bluebanded Ronquil



Rathbunella hypoplecta, Bluebanded Ronquil


Lythrypnus zebra, Zebra goby


Sebastes carnatus, Gopher Rockfish


Rhinogobiops nicholsii, Blackeye goby


Orthonopias triacis, Snubnose Sculpin


Scorpaena guttata, California scorpionfish


Oxylebius pictus, Painted Greenling


Phidolopora labiata, Lacy bryozoan


Bispira turneri


Bispira turneri


Salmacina tribranchiata


Lophogorgia chilensis, Red Gorgonian


Snail eggs


Polycera atra


Polycera atra


Polycera tricolor


Flabellina trilineata


Flabellina trilineata


Hermissenda opalescens


Hermissenda opalescens


Aegires albopunctatus


Berthella californica


Berthella californica


Berthella californica


Cadlina luteomarginata


Cadlina flavomaculata


Thordisa rubescens egg ribbon


Flabellinopsis iodinea, Spanish Shawl


Cuthona divae


Cadlina limbaughorum


Baptodoris mimetica


Baptodoris mimetica


Diaulula sandiegensis


Triopha catalinae


Acanthodoris hudsoni


Acanthodoris hudsoni


Jorunna pardus, Leopard Dorid



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