Giant sea bass in our backyard

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Posted by Merry on September 08, 2019 at 16:03:20:

With vis clearing up a bit, Phil and I dove Hermosa Artificial Reef. A patchwork of concrete blocks and pilings, it has become a home to some, and a courting spot to other giant sea bass. We contribute our images to researchers at UC Santa Barbara who use pattern recognition software to identify individual, uniquely marked GSB. Giant sea bass are a critically endangered species and this study will help determine if they are making a comeback.

Sightings and images of the full fish are greatly appreciated and can be reported at: https://spottinggiantseabass.msi.ucsb.edu/

Massive gray moon sponge dominates an 8-foot pillar we couldn't resist naming "Spongehenge". At least 15 GSB aggregated in the water column above us. I underexposed quite a few while wrestling with a new lens, so please forgive the green and graineyness.

Gray moon sponge competes with Corynactis for space

More giant sea bass at link below.

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