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Went out west to visit and do some diving.
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Spanish Shawl Nudibranch (
Flabellina iodinea)

Arch at the end of Anacapa Island with the lighthouse in view

The California fish.. the Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)

California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) playing

A different view of the Anacapa Island arch.

Aggregating Anemone (Anthopleura elegantissima)

On the last dive on Friday we stopped at the 'sea lion beach' where there were hundreds .
.. maybe thousand of California sea lions.
When the boat anchored a group of young ones came out to play. Literally.

Gorgeous colorful gorgonian and some brittle stars

 Here is some unidentified fish up against a sea cucumber.

A California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica)

Sea Lion getting close & personal
The frame below is from a video on YouTube by Manborg
that shows how some of the sea lions charge right up to your face and show their teeth.

A heart stopping experience the first few times

Plenty of friendly encounters

Purple, Orange & Blue seem to be everywhere.
Purple Gorgonian (Eugorgia rubens), Bat Star (Asterina miniata) and Purple urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus)

Wonderful combo of colors from the starfish, sea cucumber and gorgonian

Kelp Bass with lots of brittle starfish


Warty Sea Cucumber
Parastichopus parvimensis

Blackeyed Goby - Coryphopterus
That is a brittle star in the foreground reaching it's tentacles up to catch things floating by.

Spanish Shawl Nudibranch (
Flabellina iodinea)

two very different starfish

Seabed covered with starfish


See the video I took on Saturday

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