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MaxBottomtime
May 20th, 2012, 08:52 PM
With reports of sixty feet visibility on the Redondo barge and Dendronotus iris at Marineland, I was excited to get in a couple of great dives today. I ran into Scott Susoeff at Dive n' Surf yesterday He told us about his dive on the barge. I jokingly said we would probably have brown water there today. We did. The top fifteen feet was warm and blue, but the brown layer extended to within ten feet above the barge.We made the best of it by shooting nudis and attempting to shoot jellies in the muck.


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Cuthona albocrusta


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Christmas tree full of Hermissenda ornaments


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Aegires albopunctatus


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Cuthona divae


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Thetys vagina


Craig Hoover told of Rainbow nudibranchs, Dendronotus iris in the sand near the 120 Reef at Marineland. When they have shown up before, they arrived in large numbers in an area we call Rainbow Nudi Bank. I decided to dive there, but it was a bad decision. We were skunked. Kevin Lee and I each found a Hopkin's rose while Merry got more incredible jelly photos.


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Hopkin's rose


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Octocoral, Alcyonium rudyi


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A single star, just like the rating I get for my choice of dive sites today. :(

TSandM
May 20th, 2012, 09:00 PM
I don't know -- I think any dive where you get a photograph like that octocoral picture has to be rated higher than one star!

FrankPro1
May 20th, 2012, 09:52 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a nicer vagina. :dork2: Great shot! Excellent Cuthona divae series as well. Superb collection. How were the conditions at the Rainbow bank? I'm debating on attempting another solo at Marineland on Tuesday morning.

pickens_46929
May 20th, 2012, 10:59 PM
Excellent pictures! Wonderful!

Thank you for sharing. :)

MaxBottomtime
May 20th, 2012, 11:11 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a nicer vagina. :dork2: Great shot! Excellent Cuthona divae series as well. Superb collection. How were the conditions at the Rainbow bank? I'm debating on attempting another solo at Marineland on Tuesday morning.You should see Merry's!....She got a NatGeo quality shot today.
We had ten feet of cloudy vis and 51 at the point. Craig said the nudis were in the sand off the 120 Reef.

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