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Posted by Max Bottomtime on April 16, 2017 at 20:36:57:

Kevin Lee and I checked out a reef just north of Kevin's Reef this morning. It was surgy and the vis was low but that wasn't the first thing we noticed. We dropped into 49 water and felt it all day.

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I picked a bad time to give the butler the day off

The reef was occupied by a hoard of nudibranchs. The usual suspects covered most of the reef and Kevin even found three Jorunna pardus. I had only seen one before so that made my day.

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Jorunna pardus, Leopard dorid

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Acarnus erithacus, Red Volcano Sponge

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Distaplia sp.

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Dendrodoris nigromaculata

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Toxadocia spp.

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Acanthancora cyanocrypta, Cobalt sponge

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Cancellaria cooperi, Coopers nutmeg
Identification thanks to Paul Kanner

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Cadlina luteomarginata

We moved to the Redondo Barge where we found very murky water above the barge but it wasn't bad on the bottom. A purple striped jelly floated by before we jumped in. It's the first jelly I've seen here in a couple of years. Maybe life will return to the area.

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Limaria hemphilli, Swimming file clam

 photo Aeolidiella oliviae Olives Aeolid 4_zpso9v6o0oh.jpg

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Juvenile Aeolidiella oliviae, Olive's Aeolid

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Hermissenda opalescens

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Chlamydoconcha orcutti

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Diaperoforma californica

 photo Leucilla nuttingi Stalked vase sponge 2_zpsull0o3wq.jpg

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Leucilla nuttingi, Stalked vase sponge

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Watersipora subtorquata

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