Rogue Lull

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Posted by Merry on July 12, 2016 at 15:36:14:

Diving offshore last weekend went pretty much like this: Jump out of bed at dawn, look at the beach cameras, judge the swell, look at the wind report, calculate our chances of beating the white-caps, race to the boat, race to the dive site, and hit the water ASAP. Periodically and unexpectedly, we'd have a few minutes of spooky calm as either the wind shifted and/or swell abated. Such a lull wouldn't last long and we'd be back to bucking in the chop. Vis is improving.

With Kevin in tow, we managed to hit the Barge, Golf Ball Reef, and the Crane at Haggerty's.

Yellowfin fringeheads are back!
 photo Yellowfin fringehead 2 GBR DSC_4987_zpscogkwgrl.jpg

Triopha catalinae juvenile
 photo Limacia cockerelli DSC_5005_zpsuv2diaeo.jpg

Felimare porterae
 photo Felimare porterae DSC_4956_zps0wsgakn7.jpg

Polycera tricolor
 photo Polycera tricolor Crane DSC_4907_zpsgtu7z5fz.jpg

Felimida macfarlandi juvenile
 photo Felimida macfarlandi DSC_4994_zps5cdqwci0.jpg

Ancula gibbosa laying eggs on the west side of the barge
 photo Ancula gibbosa amp eggs DSC_5002_zpsv0mhvmdz.jpg

Doriopsilla eggs
 photo Doriopsilla eggs DSC_4898_zps0aloddmy.jpg

One of 2 yellowfin fringeheads that I saw on the west side of the Barge.
 photo Yellowfin fringehead DSC_4998_zpswpjm3w9l.jpg

Christmas tree worm, Spirobranchus spinosus, and Pycnoclavella stanleyi tunicates
 photo Christmas tree worm amp Pycnoclavella stanleyi DSC_4918_zpsqej9rp1s.jpg

Pycnoclavella stanleyi is a tiny, abundant, marvelously yellow social tunicate. Hundreds of them clustered together don't appear to be much more than a vague, yellow film on the tops of rocks, so you have to get very close to see them with the naked eye.
 photo Pycnoclavella stanleyi DSC_4948_zps6qdikxxg.jpg

 photo Pycnoclavella stanleyi haze DSC_4938_zpskollx2th.jpg

 photo Pycnoclavella stanleyi haze DSC_4487_zps8r6ijtpk.jpg

A gorgeous red tunicate from the Crane
 photo Red tunicate DSC_4927_zpspe7h30br.jpg

The Crane is loaded with different species of tunicate
 photo White tunicates DSC_4934_zpsnxbzi0sk.jpg

Hedgehog hydroid from the Crane
 photo Hedgehog hydroid DSC_4944_zpsdgq7ddy6.jpg

Amphipods congregate on a hydroid
 photo Amphipods up a tree DSC_4968_zpsohnoo5eq.jpg

 photo Aemone barge DSC_5024_zpshtect4ay.jpg

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