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Posted by Merry on September 18, 2019 at 11:49:34:

This is the only way I can describe what we find on Torrance Reef.

- bubbles rising from sulfidic vents on the seafloor
- an opportunistic puffball sponge, colonizing other sponges
- hundreds of minute nudibranchs
- neon orange nudi eggs (a first)
- entoprocts
- an invasive tunicate

Answers and more photos revealed at link below.



Doto columbiana and eggs on Aglaophenia sp.




The most beautiful Doriopsilla albopunctata I've ever seen.


Whose eggs?

An uncommon find, barely large enough to be a nudibranch, Trinchesia albocrusta

Filamentous bacterial mats (more info about the vents at link below)

From another vent


A possibly undescribed puffball sponge (comment by Tom Lee Turner, UCSB)


More of the puffball buds


Tunicate, Botryllus schlosseri


Entoproct, Barentsia sp.




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