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Catalina Pics From Today :-)

Discussion in 'Underwater Photography' started by pwfletcher, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. pwfletcher

    pwfletcher Instructor, Scuba

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    Here are a few pics from this afternoon on Catalina. Anyone know the yellow thing is??? I found him crawling along the bottom all by himself at 165'.


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    Purple Coral at Farnsworth Banks

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    Pacific Electric Ray

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    Yellow Thingy

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  2. sapphire

    sapphire Solo Diver

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    Thanks for sharing those - they are really nice. I wish I could help you with the yellow thingy! Perhaps Dr Bill can?

    sapphire :)
     
  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest

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    The yellow thingy is a dorid nudibranch, possibly Anisodoris nobilis which can be found to depths of 750 feet and feeds largely on sponges. What was its approximate length? The deep water forms may reach about 8" in length. It doesn't look exactly like some of the ones I've seen in shallower water.

    You're lucky you didn't get zapped by the electric ray if you were that close. When I was working with the Cousteau's on the Channel Islands documentary in 1985, one of the divers got zapped by one and was out of the water for a bit.

    Dr. Bill
     
  4. pwfletcher

    pwfletcher Instructor, Scuba

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    The nudibranch was about 6 inches long. I hadn't seen one like that before.

    As for the Electric Ray ... lol ... I didn't know that it was an Electric Ray until I got back on the boat and looked it up in the book. STUPID. I'm glad that I didn't get zapped :)
     
  5. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest

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    I've been able to get "up close and personal" with a related species, the bullseye electric ray, in the Gulf of California. Knowing the possibilities, I approached them very slowly and used smooth body and camera movements to avoid scaring it. I can't remember if Clay (the Cousteau diver) had tried to touch it when he got zapped.

    How was the vis at Farnsworth?

    Dr. Bill
     
  6. pwfletcher

    pwfletcher Instructor, Scuba

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    Well, I was on a rebreather, so my approach was nice and silent. Maybe that is why he didn't get spooked.

    The viz at Fransworth was about 20' from the surface to 80' (plankton bloom still in effect) and was 50'+ below 80'. It was quite nice actually.

    Even Black Rock was about 30' in the afternoon where the big boys were getting ready for the upcoming rodeo:

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