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

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on October 05, 2013 at 17:08:38:

Santana winds have been blowing for the past few days. Normally that is great news for south facing beaches in Southern California. We headed for the south side of Palos Verdes this morning but the wind was blowing hard off Marineland. We turned around and found slightly calmer conditions at Honeymoon Cove.

I decided to finally check out the area we call Merry's Reef. It's similar to the rocky reef off Resort Point but there were more nudibranchs and anemones here. Merry found two White Spotted Rose anemones, Urticina lofotensis. I have never seen them near the mainland. They are common in the Channel Islands and Farnsworth Bank.

By the end of the dive the surface was calm and visibility had greatly improved. The water was 63, about ten degrees warmer than we're used to here. Tomorrow is predicted to be nicer, so we'll try again.

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Octocoral, Alcyonium rudyi

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Christmas Tree worm

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California scorpionfish, Scorpaena guttata

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Yellowfin fringehead, Neoclinus stephensae

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Polycera tricolor

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Cuthona divae

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San Diego dorids on a sponge

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Flabellina trilineata trying to outrun a Mexichromis porterae

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Cadlina limbaughorum

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Cadlina luteomarginata

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Triopha catalinae

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