Farnsworth Bank epic conditions

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Posted by Merry on October 18, 2019 at 09:20:34:

Last Sat. on the Giant Stride, 6 of us* braved flat, calm seas and 60 70 ft vis to dive Farnsworth Bank. We were hunting the spectacular purple-hued California hydrocoral, Stylaster californicus. Another boat was on the high spot, so for us most of the hydrocoral was 90 100 fsw with no current.

Although I only shot WA, I managed to find the cryptic snail, Pedicularia californica, which lives exclusively on hydrocoral (photo center).

S. californicus can reproduce 2 ways - either asexually by fragmentation, or sexually with male colonies releasing sperm into the water, fertilizing eggs brooded by females.

*Kevin Lee, John Bibb, Jerry Hall, Peter Hall, Phil Garner and Captain Jim Simmerman

Phil descending in blue water

Commensal snail, Pedicularia californica
Snail, Pedicularia californica

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