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Yellow Organism at Anacapa

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by scubadiverjackcook, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. scubadiverjackcook

    scubadiverjackcook Instructor, Scuba

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    I photographed this yellow mass of vaguely lanceolate organisms at Tres Miguels dive site, Anacapa Island, California in about 35 FSW. Water temp was 57 degrees in a Kelp forest. I have searched the net, but have no idea what it is. Could it be an egg mass of some kind? Thanks for your help.
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  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    They are the eggs of a Leafy Hornmouth snail, Ceratostoma foliatum.
    Great find!

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  3. scubadiverjackcook

    scubadiverjackcook Instructor, Scuba

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    Thanks, Max. I thought they might be eggs, but I had never seen them before. I got this shot and another shot of another cluster that had them in the background and slightly out of focus. I can add this notch to my stock. Thanks again.
    Jack
     

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