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Posted by Merry on April 20, 2015 at 12:40:56:

As if on cue, water temperature around Palos Verdes recently dropped 3 - 5 degrees at depth. Surge and current predominated on most of our dives, but vis has been remarkably good for this time of year.

 photo Simnia pose horiz DSC_0201_zpsqkj5udan.jpg

 photo Simnia mantle 2 DSC_0193_zpstlb216gk.jpg

A 2-3mm juvenile Dendronotus iris!
 photo Dendronotus iris front 2nd version DSC_0443_zpstlmc7i7i.jpg

Juvenile Dendronotus venustus
 photo Dendronotus venustus 700 DSC_0476_zpsnzpyc0sb.jpg

 photo Dendronotus venustus 800  DSC_0479_zpswoltyv40.jpg

Polycera atra feeding on the busy bryozoan animal, Bugula neritina
 photo Polycera atra 3 DSC_0070_zpsciatpdwm.jpg

In the field, Polycera is a drab gray-green until strobes light it up.
 photo Polycera atra 2 DSC_0183_zps3qwnyaw9.jpg

A tiny juvie Limacia cockerelli.
 photo Limacia cockerelli DSC_0507_zpsge6dcop2.jpg

A slightly larger one.
 photo Lamacia cockerelli DSC_0585_zpstcjob8qc.jpg

 photo Featherduster 2br DSC_0651_zpsyg68vgkw.jpg

Felimare porterae
 photo Felimare porterae DSC_0366_zpsujzso8pf.jpg

 photo Egg tangle 800 DSC_0542_zpsw67rmybi.jpg

Two juvenile nudis working the kelp blade - the lion nudi was so small that I didn't see the Flabellina trilineata.
 photo Melibe amp trilineata DSC_0454_zpscqlydxv6.jpg

Kevin found this quarter-inch juvenile Pseudoceros montereyensis.
 photo Pseudoceros montereyensis DSC_0362_zpsmirjkltb.jpg

Something large at last!
 photo Moray eel 800 DSC_0149_zpsebqbacha.jpg

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