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This guy cruised past us at Crescent Bay

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by yle, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. FezUSA

    FezUSA ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hiram, OH, USA
    We were at 100' off the house reef in Bali, taking pictures of a pygmy seahorse. Last dive of the trip and was just me, my wife and the DM. All of a sudden I hear them getting excited just as I got good positioning on the seahorse. Snap the pic, turn around and a huge 15'+ mola mola drifted up out of the darkness and quickly drifted right back into it. 1st sighting at that resort! Was an amazing 3 seconds!! Alas no picture as it was so quick and 20' away from us at least!
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  2. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    We see them often in Monterey, small ones, like 18” or so and if it weren’t for the devastation the SeaLions inflict on them there wouldn’t be room for anything else in the ocean. 5B3E1C15-F0FF-4F76-ACF8-D159939CBBAD.jpeg
  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA

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  4. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    Not sure if this one was spotted in the same Crescent Bay or not, but it looked like another juvenile Mola Mola.

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  5. DiveTucson

    DiveTucson Dive Shop

    Different species of Mola out there. The bigger ones you find in Asia are typically the Mola Alexandrini.

    The ones most often seen in SoCal are smaller and not exactly the same.

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  6. yle

    yle Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California
    The viz in that video definitely looks like the same Crescent Bay. A typical day is 15 to 20 feet. A great day is 30 feet.
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