Final images of 2020

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Posted by Merry on January 01, 2021 at 13:26:01:

Contradicting the tragic year that weighed heavily on our minds, Phil and I were able to escape all of that for a few hours on the ocean. We were treated to a surprising number of exciting finds in 2020 such as mating chestnut cowries, piles of mating Navanax under the dock, the uncommon Podocerus amphipod, new snails, new nudibranchs and worms. It was a good year for local diving.

Recently, we made a second run to Catalina Island just to get more images of the tiny Flabellina pricei laying eggs on eelgrass.

Last week, I made another dive under the dock, hoping to see what might emerge out of all that silt at night.
We usually only see the striped shore crabs on rocks that are out of our reach, but several of these made it out to the dock piling.

This juvenile (2-inch) black croaker finally left the safety of its rock den at night.
Out at night

Out at night

Large Navanax inermis mating

Tunicate, Botryllus schlosseri

Tunicate, Botrylloides diegensis

Interesting compound tunicate in the silt
Tunicate ID needed

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