Rock scallop amidst corynactis californica anemones. The little blue dots along the red lips are the scallop's eyes.
Acorn barnacle, feeding admist corynactis californica.
Mussel, completely encrusted with corynactis californica. Brittle stars in the background.
A white sponge, covered with tiny skeleton shrimp.
Juvenile garibaldi, growing less shy
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Juvenile garibaldi damselfish, hiding amidst brittle stars and corynactis californica anemones.
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I usually find these unidentified white anemones as individuals; here they encrusted several mussel shells. The more prevalent corynactis californica anemone is shown in the bottom left corner.
A cabezon became fond of my dive buddy and sat on his camera rig for about 5 minutes. My buddy finally had to shake him off, and then retreat as the cabezon followed. The video is here:
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Cabezon, in repose
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Oil Rig Ellen, below the second set of horizontal struts (at about 110 ft).
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I always describe the oil rigs as looking like Rose Parade floats under water.
Every inch covered in life, in this strawbery anemones (corynactis californica).
A sea star feeding.
A female (upper) and male (lower) sheephead. The males have a "harem" of females and when he is gone the largest female turns into a male and takes over.
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