Sea Trial with a little dark green water thrown in

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on September 13, 2020 at 20:26:00:

I worked on the boat during the week, replacing a grommet and installing the rigging hose to our starboard motor. We took a sea trial this morning to Hawthorne Reef followed by a second dive under the rough seas at Golf Ball Reef. The repairs actually held, so tomorrow I will begin work on the port motor. It never ends.

Visibility was poor at both sites. At Hawthorne Reef, I found a moray eel in a crack. I had my macro lens so I could only catch its face as it swam out of its den and past me.

Hawthorne Reef

Crassedoma giganteum, Rock scallop

Henricia leviuscula, blood star

Sponges and tunicates

Nudibranch egg ribbon, probably Peltodoris nobilis

Sebastes miniatus, Vermilion Rockfish

Gymnothorax mordax, California moray

Felimare porterae

Cadlina flavomaculata

Limacia mcdonaldi

Orienthella trilineata

Peltodoris mullineri

Triopha catalinae

Acanthodoris lutea

Cadlina luteomarginata

Golf Ball Reef

Pisaster giganteus, Knobby sea star

Sebastes serriceps, Treefish, juvenile

Felimida macfarlandi

Diaulula sandiegensis

Doriopsilla albopunctata

Doriopsilla gemela

Baptodoris mimetica

Berthella californica

Jorunna pardus, Leopard Dorid on a reflective black slate

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