Giant Sea Bass hunt

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on August 03, 2014 at 17:38:57:

Kevin, Merry and I trekked out in search of Giant Sea Bass for Dr. Milton's first annual GSB count. Merry saw the only one, a large adult. I dragged my wide angle setup around all day, wishing I had my macro lens.

We began the day on the Hermosa Beach Artificial Reef. GSBs and groupers have been spotted there recently, but not today. Even a huge baitball of mackerel didn't bring them in. At least the visibility was decent for a change. We had easily twenty-five feet.

We motored over to the edge of the kelp off Haggerty's for our next dive. I found a small polyclad worm, Eurylepta californica but couldn't get it with my large setup. Merry and Kevin handled the macro today. Visibility here was a cloudy fifteen feet. The only thing we saw of interest was a large diameter hose. I've seen them at the Olympic II wreck and the Redondo Artificial Reef.

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Merry's shot of the Eurylepta californica

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Red algae resembling Dead Man's Fingers. I'm not sure what this is.

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Lobster condo in a kelp holdfast

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The hose

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Kevin confiscated my camera so I could model for him

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Concrete and springs make up the Hermosa reef

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Brown rockfish, Sebastes auriculatus

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Holy mackerel!

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