Yellowtail (?) carcass on HAR

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Posted by Merry on November 02, 2015 at 09:15:56:

Sat. before last on Hermosa Artificial Reef, Phil found the remnants of a large fish. The fish was longer than my arm, and had a heavy-duty staple in its operculum. Phil said there was a tag that read "C A". Remnants of a yellowtail?

Also on our last dives on HAR, I observed zillions of nearly-microscopic copepods mating, as well as other squiggly critters in the water. Will zooplankton predation on our thick phytoplankton blooms help clear up the vis? I like to think that it might.

 photo 1. Me amp the fish DSC5072_zpsetswwsxf.jpg

 photo 2. Me amp the fish_zpsekrrjogk.jpg

By the next day, Kellet's whelks had smothered the head of the carcass and a giant sea bass was parked by it. Perhaps the GSB was interested in making a meal the smaller, congregating fish.

 photo 3. Kellets whelks on  carcass DSC_3835_zpsfb4o9gvs.jpg

 photo 5. Kellets whelks on carcass DSC_3829_zpstmt3h3sd.jpg

It seems that fish on this reef are a little more amenable to having their picture taken.

 photo 6. Black perch DSC_3819_zpsdz6kudd6.jpg

 photo 7. GSB DSC_3708_zpsvuzr3kln.jpg

Two-foot GSB, left side.
 photo 8. Juvenile GSB left side DSC_3721_zpscuisxrao.jpg

Same fish, right side.
 photo 9. Juvenile GSB right side DSC_3727_zpsbjuamdn9.jpg

 photo 10. Two female sheepheadDSC_3826_zpse4fnatg0.jpg

 photo 11. Treefish DSC_3757_zpspyczcfwi.jpg

 photo 12. Rainbow perch and rubberlip 0 DSC_3735_zpsjkdabzzx.jpg

 photo 13. GSB DSC_3710_zpsfvem3mmu.jpg

What accounts for the ragged fins of this particularly large GSB?
 photo 14. GSB large ragged DSC_3716 2_zpsek2tjmfx.jpg

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