Sparse life on the local reefs

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on November 13, 2023 at 12:59:51:

Merry Passage and I dived Halfway Reef and Foothill this morning. I wanted to photograph nudibranchs and try to find a snail that Merry found a couple of months ago. Nudis were sparse and the snail was not found, but I saw one thing I'd never seen, a Furry Hermit crab molt. I also found another tiny Noumeaella rubrofasciata, albeit as a bycatch in a photo.

Lythrypnus zebra, Zebra goby

Epizoanthus scotinus

Panulirus interruptus, California Spiny Lobster

Paguristes ulreyi, Furry hermit crab

Paguristes ulreyi, Furry hermit crab molt

Pteropurpura trialata, Three Winged Murex

Henricia leviuscula, blood star and Blood star, Henricia sp.

Octopus bimaculatus, Verrill's Two-spot Octopus

Calliarthron tuberculosum

Muricea fruticosa, Brown Gorgonian

Corambe steinbergae eggs on Membranipora membranacea

Haliotis kamtschatkana, Threaded Abalone

Trikentrion helium

Urticina mcpeaki

Oxylebius pictus, Painted Greenling

Stelletta estrella

Eugorgia rubens, Purple gorgonian

Sebastes miniatus, Vermilion Rockfish

Coryphella trilineata

Crassedoma giganteum, Rock scallop, Noumeaella rubrofasciata, Red-Headed Aeolid, and Trikentrion helium

Sebastes atrovirens, Kelp Rockfish

Cadlina luteomarginata

Dysidea amblia

Bodianus pulcher, California Sheephead juvenile

Bodianus pulcher, California Sheephead females

Simnia arcuata

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