More surprises under the dock

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Posted by Merry on May 19, 2021 at 10:07:10:

Although conditions have been pretty much relegated Phil and I to diving under the dock, something cool pops up about half the time.

This juvenile sand bass (4-5") didn't look quite the same as the other sand bass that I was shooting. Until I looked in Milton Love's book, I didn't realize that it was a spotted sand bass, Paralabrax maculatofasciatus.

Here's the same size barred sand bass, Paralabrax nebulifer, for comparison.

Four chunky Gould's bubble snails (head-shield slug) caught my eye, but they were gone the next day for Phil.

As inhospitable as the bottomless dock silt seems to be, some nudibranchs thrive, especially San Diego dorids.

Large egg mass of a San Diego dorid next to another nudi egg mass.

White colonial phoronid, Phoronis ijimai

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