The weather is still great, but conditions worsened

Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on February 08, 2022 at 17:13:47:

After the epic conditions Merry and I enjoyed during our dive at Golf Ball Reef on Saturday, I wanted to return with my 60mm lens. Visibility was a murky fifteen feet with grains of sand suspended in the water. I swam north, checking out the Salmacina tribranchiata that has overtaken one of the buckets we use for navigating back to the anchor.

I discovered the identity of the dead animal I found Saturday. It was a sea hare, Aplysia californica. I found two more dead ones as well as a couple of live ones.

In the rocks near the edge of the reef were the egg cases of two sharks, Cephaloscyllium ventriosum, Swell shark, and Heterodontus francisci, Horn Shark.

I found a Peltodoris mullineri on a small rock. After photographing it a few times, I took it over to Merry who was feverishly trying to get a Felimare californiensis onto her stage.

Berthella californica

Chromoplexaura marki

Felimida macfarlandi

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